Full lineup of pre-pageant entertainment planned

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

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The Laura Ingalls Wilder Pageant is offering free entertainment on five different nights before the pageant performance begins.


Pre-pageant entertainment is scheduled July 11-12, July 18-19 and July 26. In addition, local artist Robin Flickinger will provide free face painting all nine nights of “These Happy Golden Years.” Performances are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. Face painting is available from the time the gate opens at 6 p.m. until the pageant begins.


Mission Essential Brass from the 147th Army Band of the South Dakota Army National Guard is playing July 11. Mission Essential Brass plays for thousands of South Dakotans and troops each year. The 147th Army Band was created 130 years ago and has served from the Philippine insurrection of 1900 right through to the Missouri River flood of 2011.


Vocalist Sandra Harman performs before the July 12 and the July 26 pageants.


Harman, who lives in Sioux Falls, has been singing since she was 3 years old. She has sung for many churches, weddings, funerals, nursing homes and veterans gatherings. She also sings the national anthem before Pheasants and Skyforce games.


And this year, she is the opening act for country singer Sherwin Linton on the Centennial Stage at the South Dakota State Fair.


Uncle Ron’s Accordion Band comes to the pageant on July 18. Uncle Ron Larsen plays to audiences in many nursing homes and assisted living centers and other venues. He said he’s played in 41 different places so far this year despite having to take some time off for family gatherings.


Larsen grew up in Walnut Grove, Minn., and spent 30 years in Colorado managing several businesses. He now lives in Bruce.


The Berea Festival Dancers perform July 19. They are from Berea, Ky., and travel across the nation for three weeks every summer performing at festivals and other such events.


The Berea dancers are a community-based group with students from five different schools as well as several home-schoolers. Students can start joining the troupe in the seventh grade and they usually leave after graduating from high school.


The Berea Festival Dancers are affiliated with several local and national dance organizations, including the Berea Folk Circle Association and the County Dance and Song Society.


Dale Blegen


The De Smet News

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