Local politicians 'stump' for votes by Natalee Martin Prentis Park in Vermillion was the site of a "Harvest Moon Hoe Down and Hog Roast Democratic Fund Raiser" Sunday, Sept. 22.
Several regional bands performed live music as their contributions to the Democratic candidates. Many candidates showed up to "stump" which is what they call it when politicians lay out their rap for the local folks to cheer.
The political speakers included Joe Reedy for District 17 Senate, and District 17 House candidates B.J. Nesselhuf and Brendyn Richards.
Kate Looby spoke about her run for secretary of state, Dick Butler talked about seeking the office of state auditor, and Curt Johnson and Pam Nelson discussed their campaigns for the Public Utilities Commission.
Colette Abbott spoke for her husband, Jim Abbott, the Democratic gubernatorial candidate.
Ron Volesky talked about his campaign for the office of South Dakota attorney general.
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Neither Stephanie Herseth or Tim Johnson were able to attend but received praise for their positions on some difficult issues. The topics ranged from foreign policy efforts and the war against terrorism to different ideas about use of local resources.
The bands that contributed included Rust from Yankton, which played several excellent renditions of Neil Young songs. They were followed by the Buckaroos, a gospelbluegrassfolk group from Vermillion. They have many players who share in the fun and various instruments that make for a lot of neat sounds and moods.
They feature guitar, mandolin, harmonica, spoons, and harmony vocals. Some of their Celtic music is sublime.
Mike and Jay from Yankton also performed. They seemed to get a great response from the variety of people there.
Rocky Kickland, Edwin Johnson and his wife, also entertained. KicklandJohnsonMartin is the name of their group.
The Public Domain Tune Band, played some '30s and '40s music that the older folks greatly enjoyed. Edwin Johnson says, "Owen is a world-class violinist, and nobody on the planet can do what Nick can do with a pedal steel (guitar). Nick is also a great mailman; he brings treats for the dogs."
T. Wilson King, who is a one-man show of the highest quality, also performed, and at the very end, when everybody had packed up and left, a famous group from Sioux Falls came steaming in and created the biggest ruckus of all.
They were East of Westerville. The people in that group included Kaija Bonde, Brian Bonde, Boyd Bristow, and drummer Al Slaathaug.
The fun-filled event was entertaining and also helped raise money for the candidates.