Creek Fest, which is held on land owned by Fred Jaminet, co-founder and producer of Creek Fest, located two miles north and two miles west of Cherokee, will return for a second year on Friday and Saturday, July 15 and 16.
Last year's inaugural Creek Fest was a huge success despite excessive heat, and event co-founder and organizer Kurt Rasmus promises this year's Creek Fest will be "even bigger and better than last year."
Things are scheduled to kick off around 5:30 p.m. on Friday, July 15 with local band the Soggy River Bottom Boys providing a perfect start for Creek Fest 2011. Next up , starting at about 9 p.m., will be Arch Allies, voted the #1 "cover band" in Minnesota, featuring the music of 70s-80s supergroups Styx, Jouney and REO Speedwagon. This is sure to be a crowd pleaser for all ages. You do not want to miss this night.
Saturday's action starts at noon, with Paullina's David Fintel opening up the day. The Logan, Iowa-based Fork in The Road Band, a cover band which has also had many of their own original recordings, will follow Fintel.
There will be a variety of events going on throughout the day on Saturday, including beer pong, flippy cup, and many other games. A new event 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. 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.
Remember, too, that the creek runs right through the party, so everyone can enjoy the water, whether it be for tubing, rafting, or just setting your lawn chair in the creek, the creek is an excellent place to come and cool off. If you want, just "grab a cold one" and sit back and enjoy the music.
After The Fork in The Road Band will come Riata, a popular band which covers both country and classic rock, and 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 number of requests to bring them back again this year. This band can really get the crowd rockin'-" a perfect way to bring Creek Fest 2011 to an end.
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.
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, but food and beverages will be available for sale. 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.
Tw.o-day passes will be available at a discount price, and Kurt Rasmus advises anyone who plans to bring a large group to 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.