In less than three weeks, the 35th National Old Time Country Music Festival will open in Le Mars for seven days of music.
The festival runs from Aug. 30 to Sept 5 at the Plymouth County Fairgrounds in Le Mars. This is the third year the festival has been held in Le Mars.
Bob Everhart, president of the National Traditional Country Music Association, predicts this will be a spectacular year because of the celebrities involved as well as regional and local participants.
As part of the festival, a number of musicians will be inducted into the Old Time Country Music Hall of Fame for 2010.
The Pioneer Music Museum in Anita, Iowa, is home to the Hall of Fame.
Among the celebrities to be inducted is female vocalist Patti Page.
Page has sold more than 100-million recordings and isn't slowing down, according to Everhart.
Page's recording of "Tennessee Waltz" broke all existing record sales.
She just re-recorded it in a very traditional country music style with her latest CD "Best Country Songs."
Page will be on the Main Stage at the festival at 8 p.m. Sept. 4.
Another inductee is well-known country musician, Bill Anderson, from the Grand Ole Opry. He is a country music songwriter, recording artist and vocalist and will be at the music festival Sept. 3.
Also to be inducted into the Hall of Fame will be Johnny Cash's daughter, Cindy Cash, the very successful singer, movie actress, and writer of the "Cash Family Scrapbook." She will be inducted into the Hall of Fame Sept. 5.
Other inductees in America's 2010 Old Time Country Music Hall of Fame include:
* Kerry Christensen a yodeler and accordionist from Provo, Utah.
* Bob Richter a dance band leader, country singer, and instrumentalist from Sioux City.
* Cookie Eller an old time cowboy singer from Checotah, Okla.
* Betsy Barnett (deceased), Yodeler of the Sunset Trail, who was from Knoxville. Betsy Wilson will be accepting on her grandmother's behalf.
* Bill Rainey, a break-through disc-jockey of classic and traditional country music streaming around the world on the Internet, from Cumberland City, Tenn.
* Dave Brinkman, the chairman and professor of the music department at the University of Wyoming and one of the best banjo players in America, according to Everhart. He is from Laramie, Wyo.
*Jim Reeves and Dale Howard, cousins, both of them have been successful and gifted country music vocalists. Jim Reeves is deceased and Dale Howard is from Fort Worth, Texas.
* Johnny Ray Gomez, recognized in the Midwest, and Las Vegas, Nev., as a highly popular accordionist and entertainer, is from Omaha, Neb.
* Merlyn Hansen long-time Iowa old-time country music picker and vocalist, from Pierson, Iowa.
* Clarence Hayden, long time classic country recording artist and entertainer, from Richmond, Mo.
* Earl Gleason, successful country music songwriter, recording artist and regional television personality from Belen, N.M.
* Andy Glandt, Germany's most noted and notable 5-string bluegrass banjo player from Jena (formerly West Germany)
* And Roger Tibbs, top yodeler and country music performer, New Zealand's Favorite Son, from Upper Hutt, New Zealand.
The 7-day festival features more than 650 performers on 10 stages on the fairgrounds, with music played from 9 a.m. to midnight.
The performances bring acoustic old-time country, bluegrass, folk and Americana music alive for the hundreds who attend throughout the week.
There will also be a Native American Tepee Village and more than 25 musical contests for anyone wishing to compete.
A season pass and daily tickets are available.