Seventh annual Heritage Music Fest is July 16

Mark your calendars and enjoy a day and evening of live, talented, quality entertainment and acoustic country, gospel, and variety music Saturday, July 16 at the air-conditioned Elk Point Jefferson Middle School Gym, 402 S. Douglas, from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. in Elk Point.

The fundraiser proceeds will benefit Elk Point Mason Lodge #3 high school scholarship program and the South Dakota Masonic Foundation which funds the Youth MMSAT, SDCHIP and Masonic Scholarships.

Featured artists will be nationally renowned Nashville singer/songwriter Terry S. Smith who is famous for Johnny Cash�s recording of �Far Side Banks of Jordan.�  He is also the National Traditional Country Music Association Songwriter of the Year in 1995 and 1996.

�A Songwriter with a Different Touch� is a superior performer whose music has been recorded by Johnny and June Carter Cash, Roy Acuff, The Oak Ridge Boys, Kitty Wells, Chris Le Dous, The Statler Brothers, Kris Kristofferson, Patty Loveless and others. Terry has recently released his 10th CD.  He is a favorite at festivals wherever he goes. His web site is 

He will be backed up by Rick and Harriette Andersen of Underwood, IA.  They have been back up duo for international, national and local fiddlers, singers and instrumentalists for over 17 years and have attended the Old Time Fiddlers Contest in Yankton held in September for many years. 

On the schedule is local square dance caller, singer entertainer and recording artist Elaine Peacock of Elk Point, who has released seven CDs since 2003. She sings and entertains regularly in the Midwest performing gospel, Patsy Cline and a variety of music as does, Jackie Shewey, singer songwriter Patsy Cline singer from Courtland, NE who has several CDs out and will be on the program for the first time. These performers above have all been recognized by the National Traditional Country Music Association. They are award winning NTCMA Hall of Fame and Rural Roots Commission Inductees for their contributions to the preservation of traditional country music

We will be entertained by the talented Shrine Chanters from Sioux City, IA.  The Shrine Chanters, organized in October 1920, have been featured at concerts across the United States and in Canada, Great Britain and Denmark. The 20-25 voice male choir has been invited on several occasions to sing at Royal Albert Hall in London as part of the Welsh Festival of Voices.  More important, the group has raised much needed funding for children and their families who need the services of Shrine hospitals, and transportation help to and from those facilities.

Also on the schedule is talented Johnny Cash Singer Sean Benz from Windom, MN; well known Sioux City singer/songwriter Jill Miller; Nebraska�s Cowboy Poet Marci Broyhill from Dakota City and her sister, songwriter Teresa Kay Orr of Omaha.  Joining them will be 11 year old Kelsey Doll from Moville IA who is a songwriter too!

Sharing the stage will be local artist/songwriter and performer Blake Allard, of Jefferson and 15 year old fiddler Katie Giorgio of Elk Point; South Dakota Country Music Hall of Fame musicians Troy Manzer, and Christian Scholl of Sioux Falls; and Old-Time Fiddler Wilbur Foss from Scotland, who will be inducted into the South Dakota Country Music Hall of Fame Association in September.

Our fine veterans and families will be honored for their service and sacrifices for our country and our freedom.  Without them we would not enjoy all of the freedoms that we have today.

This is a fun family event.  There will be face painting and a Circle Jam Area for any musician/singer, as well as an afternoon lunch, and the Mason�s famous roast beef dinner for sale at suppertime. Bring your lawn chairs, a free will donation and enjoy excellent music to benefit Elk Point Mason Lodge #3 high school scholarship program and the South Dakota Masonic Foundation which funds the Youth MMSAT, SDCHIP and Masonic Scholarships.

For more information regarding Heritage Music Festival contact Elaine Peacock 605-356-2069, email  or through her website, or Don Gray  605-356-2243, email:; website:

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