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SD Cowboy Music Hall of Fame to gather at State Fair

The South Dakota Country Music Hall of Fame will gather on Aug. 30 at the South Dakota State Fair in Huron for the 11th annual awards ceremony.

The awards will be presented on the Dakotaland Stage at Gate 3 at 6 p.m.

The honored inductees are: Virginia Feekes Spoonemore, of Huron; James Anthony Rose (Dennis Brown), Flandreau native; Ricky Artz, Onida native; Perk Washenberger, of Aberdeen; Jack Engel, of Rapid City; Edean Landmark, of Watertown; Chad Peterson, Skip Johnson, Lee Schaffer (Clay Creek Deaf Cowboy Band 35th anniversary 2013) from Vermillion and Elk Point; Kenny Putnam, of Rapid City; Jake and Arlene Vilhauer of Highmore; Freeman Howard (deceased) and Mary (Howard) Hamberger, of Yankton; and Richard Danielson from Sioux Falls.

The Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to Wilbur and Elizabeth Foss, of Scotland. They have over 180 years of musical performances to their credits. The South Dakota Country Music Hall of Fame will also debut its new logo and give updates on the progress of getting the museum at Lennox open to the public. CD of the year will also be selected during the ceremony and Janice Gilbert 2013 winner will be presented with her award. Musicians submit autographed professionally recorded CDs of which one will be selected.

The house band will be comprised of some of the prior inductees, including: Roy King, Wilbur Foss, Paul Engebretson, Elaine Peacock and special guests Sam Tulio and Whitey Boettcher helping out with drum duty and along with other musicians.

Inductees are nominated by their peers, friends and family. They are then selected based on their musical history, promotion and support of country music in South Dakota. Musicians and performers are selected from around the entire state.

The Hall of Fame is a non-profit organization, and all work is done on a voluntary basis. It also helps support music programs for elementary schools in the state of South Dakota. A group of youngsters will perform at 6 p.m. on Saturday night with Elaine Peacock and friends, also on the Dakotaland Stage.

— Source: S.D. Cowboy Music Hall of Fame