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Expo Center to host celebration

November 22, 2011
Jenn Brookens - Staff Writer , Fairmont Sentinel

SHERBURN - A "Harvest Celebration" featuring some local music legends is going on Saturday at the I-90 Expo Center near Sherburn.

The lineup includes "Denny and the DC Drifters," Millie Kittleson, and Joyce and Jack Schultz, all of whom have left their mark on the Minnesota music scene. The performance also features Billie Jane Kruse of Ormsby and Glen Henriksen of Spirit Lake, Iowa.

"Al Kahler of Auctioneer Alley contacted us and said he wanted to bring the area together, show off some of the people in the area," said Denny Charnecki of Denny and the DC Drifters.

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Denny Charnecki

For Charnecki and his group, this performance will be a sneak preview of a special show the band will put on this winter.

"We have been chosen to play the Surf with Chuck Berry," Charnecki said. "The Winter Dance Party that's also a Buddy Holly salute. We were chosen as one of the top 12 bands in the nation to play, so it's a big honor, and it's nice to be recognized."

The Surf, located in Clear Lake, Iowa, has an annual commemorative Winter Dance Party event honoring the musical legacies of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson. The three legendary musicians died in a plane crash on Feb. 3, 1959, after performing at the Surf ballroom the evening before.

But for this Saturday's performance, it's all about local pride and talent.

"I grew up in Fairmont, my grandfather lived there, and a lot of my summertime memories when I was a kid involve Fairmont," he said. "I have 19 brothers and sisters, and tons of relatives in the area. To me, going back to Fairmont is always like home."

And with many families coming home for the Thanksgiving weekend, it made sense to have some local and family fun entertainment.

"The I-90 Expo Center just purchased a new dance floor, and a new stage, so we're really excited for that," Charnecki said. "We want to see people getting up to dance."

The music stylings will be a mix of '50s and '60s, along with gospel and other all-time favorites. Tickets are $10 at the door, with the show starting at 7 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call the I-90 Expo Center at (507) 764-4025, or visit online,



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