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Loess Hills Music Festival, Saturday, September 28                                    


Good Music and Food and a Glimpse of Iowa’s Newest State Park at This Flood-Victims Benefit

The colorful Loess Hills will be alive with the sound of music Saturday, September 28 from noon to 8:30 pm at the Loess Hills Music & Heritage Festival at the beautiful Blackburn Green Hollow Center, 1291 Cemetery Road, northeast of Thurman, IA.  (See  Entry is by free will donation.  Net proceeds from the event will go to the flood victims’ fund at the Fremont County Community Foundation.

Bring your lawn chair and blanket and enjoy the fall colors with bluegrass, blues, and other hills music.  The afternoon will also be filled with kids fun. The Iowa State University Extension and Tabor Library are hosting a children’s crafts table.  Pony rides, hayrides and nature hikes will also be available.  And we will be keeping a watchful eye for the appearance of the popular Lussy, the Loess Hills sasquatch.

From 5 to 7 pm, a melt-in-your-mouth fried chicken dinner will be offered by the Fremont County Chicken Fry Club. Waubonsie State Park friends and staff will be on hand with their annual Paw Paw Celebration, too.  Join them in learning about the Loess Hill's most unique fruit tree and sample some paw-paw-based desserts.  At 4:30 will be a ceremony to commemorate the donation of the property by Bill and Sara Jean Blackburn to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources..  The place will become Blackburn State Park & Wildlife Management Area at the end of the 2019.

           The event is the latest version of the Hills & Heritage Festival held every two years in the Thurman area.  Among the performers will be the Jerry Forney Band of Missouri, back by popular demand with their own exceptional style of blues under the stars. They will be joined during the dinner performance by the Prime Time Pickers, a traditional county family band with a young guitar picker extraordinaire. To open, Jennifer Thompson will repeat her stirring National Anthem from the Sidney Rodeo.  The Langille Kids, the wunderkind of Hills music, will also entertain, as will Betse & Clarke, the premier explorers of Ozark music.  Carlene Hall of Malvern, who operates The Main Stage & Performing Arts Center in Tabor, will serve as master of ceremonies and perform a few numbers of her own.

For more information about the festival, see the website or contact Ken Forney at, ph. 712.313.0315, or Carlene Hall,, ph. 712.314.0029.   Charitable donations for the festival may be made at the First State Bank, 711 Main Street, Tabor, IA 52654, with checks made payable to “The Green Hollow Center – Hills Festival.”  The Green Hollow Center, Inc. is a registered Iowa not-for-profit corporation.

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