'Creek Fest' will return to Cherokee this year on Friday and Saturday, July 15 and 16.
Despite excessive heat, last year's inaugural Creek Fest was a huge success, and it will return "even bigger & better than last year," promises event founder and organizer Kurt Rasmus.
Creek Fest will once again be produced by Jamin-R Enterprises, a corporation owned and operated by Fred and Peg Jaminet and Kurt and Joyce Rasmus, and it will be held on land owned by Jaminet, located two miles north and two miles west of Cherokee.
On Friday, July 15, things will kick off around 5:30 p.m. with a local band, the Soggy River Bottom Boys, always a popular hit with the crowd. Most of these band members are friends of the Cherokee area, and some even live and work in Cherokee. They will provide a perfect start for Creek Fest 2011.
After The Fork in The Road Band comes Riata, a very popular band that covers both country and classic rock, and are always a hit with the crowd. Saturday night's headline act will be Sioux Falls' The Rude Band.
Kurt Rasmus said, "These guys really rocked Creek Fest last year, and we have had an amazing a number of requests to bring them back again this year. This band can really get the crowd rockin'."
They are definitely a "party band," and organizers felt that this would be a perfect way to bring Creek Fest 2011 to an end.
The Hooter Girls are also scheduled to make an appearance this year. Last year, these girls went on stage and brought the crowd alive. The well-known girls also mingle throughout the crowd all night, and are always a hit with the crowd.
There will be a variety of events going on throughout the day, including beer pong, flippy cup, and many other games. New this year will be a mud volleyball tournament, with cash payouts.
Last year, an airboat came up the river to enjoy the Creek Fest activities, and Kurt Rasmus says there's a possibility they may have a water slide this year, if scheduling permits. You just never know what you might see there.
Camping spots will be available across the road from the event again this year, and campers can set up as early as Thursday. Rasmus reminds prospective campers, however, that there will be no electrical hookups of any kind available at the site, so keep that in mind before you head out.
For people with tents, there will be some spots available along the river, near the stage. There will be no parking of vehicles near the tents, however, so people will be required to park their vehicles in the parking lot and walk to their tents.
Food and beverages will be available for sale at the party. No coolers will be allowed on the party site, nor will anyone be allowed to carry food or beverages of any kind into the party. Organizers recommend that people bring lawn chairs or a blanket to sit on if they prefer not to sit directly on the ground.
Shuttle services will again be available this year for anyone who needs a ride home to Cherokee and the immediate area, and city and county law enforcement officials will be at the site to provide security for festival-goers.
Tickets for Creek Fest are expected to be $15 for Friday's events, $20 for all day Saturday, and $30 for a two-day pass. Tickets will be available for sale at Hy-Vee Food Store in Cherokee prior to the event.
Kurt Rasmus advises that anyone who plans to bring a large group to Creek Fest call ahead and check on available discounts. If you have any questions about Creek Fest 2011, feel free to call Kurt Rasmus at 712-229-1263, or check the website, www. creekfestcherokee.com.