Elaine Peacock will perform at State Fair

The South Dakota Country Music Hall of Fame presents 2010 Hall of Fame inductee Elaine Peacock of Elk Point, and friends: 2011 inductee Larry Yarrow, Phyllis Hummel, Sandra Harmon, Mary Elder, Rachel Wood, Alexa and Cody Griffith live on the Dakotaland Stage gate three at the South Dakota State Fair on Saturday, Aug. 31, at 6 p.m.

The musicians will perform a children’s program, a tribute to Patsy Cline, gospel, patriotic, and a variety of country classic songs – all for a free-will donation to the show at the fair.

The South Dakota Country Music Hall of Fame (SDCMHoF) will also be at the South Dakota State Fair to recognize the 10th anniversary inductees on the DakotaLand Stage at Gate 3.

The event will be held Sunday, Sept. 1, starting at 6 p.m. The 2013 inductees are: Terry Stefferud, Teresa Endres, Jerry Berens, Hailey Steele, Dana Jensen, Kenny Frey, Don Quincey, Elva Meyers, Cliff Gullikson, Linda Lee, Verne Sheppard and the Clay Creek Deaf Cowboy Band 35th anniversary year (Dawn Nelson, Sorney Sorensen, Tom Zoss and Rick Martz).

The house band will be comprised of past inductees: Howie Gamber, Dave Bergquist, Roy King, Paul Engebretson, Ellie Mechels, Elaine Peacock, Darrel “Boomer” Hoiland, Troy “Clancy” White, Donnie Miller, Wilbur Foss and special guest Sam Tulio.

Inductees are nominated by their peers, friends and family. They are then selected based on their performances, promotion, and support of country music in South Dakota. Musicians and performers are selected from around the entire state.

The Board of Directors for the South Dakota Country Music Hall of Fame include: Sara Sandwick, Dorothy Miles, Jodee Harris, and Chair Wini Iverson. Assistants are Sandi Vander Wal, Ellen Robertson, and Mary Gorrell along with many other volunteers who help us with events and preparations. The South Country Music Hall of Fame is a non-profit organization and all work is done on a voluntary basis. The organization relies primarily on donations for its support. South Dakota merchants and Vendors are used for the business needs whenever possible, and is the organizations way of supporting South Dakota.

The SDCMHoF also helps promote music programs for elementary schools in the state of South Dakota . Support went to four schools and the Yankton Children’s Choir during the past year. Several fundraisers/music festivals were held with proceeds split between the school in the area and the South Dakota Country Music Hall of Fame. Some of the youngsters have performed on stage with the Hall of Famers and there is a group of youngsters who will be debuting at the South Dakota State Fair festivities.

It is also important to recognize the venues, without them, none of this would be possible. Following is the list of the venues who have hosted events: Lakeview Resort @ Lake Poinsett, Yankton VFW, Gibbys @ Tyndall, The Bullet @ Sherman, Scotland VFW, Carlock Ballroom @ Gregory, and the Desert Inn @ Centerville. These venues also support the country musicians and bands and support country music in their communities. It’s like everyone working together to impact and support the country music industry in the great state of South Dakota .

Fans are the greatest and most important element in all of this. Their loyalty and support is graciously appreciated. They also help work the events, give suggestions, and help out in any way they can to continue to help the organization be successful.

Two new events are planned for the 2013 event. An Album of the Year category is planned and a bus trip is also planned. Leave the driving and parking to the buses. For details visit us on the web at http://southdakotacountrymusichalloffame.org/ or contact the South Dakota Country Music Hall of Fame at605-310-2441 or sdcmhof@southdakotacountrymusichalloffame.org.

Bus groups from Scotland and Dell Rapids are planned to help get fans and musicians to the state fair. For details visit the web or contact the hall of fame board. The bus will stop directly at the stage for de-boarding. The bus fare will be free will donations plus cost of entrance to the fair. Entertainment will be provided by Mary Elder on the Scotland bus and Sandra Harmon on the Dell Rapids bus. Both trips will be a lot of fun.

For more information, contact Wini Iverson at (605) 310-2441.

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