Country on the Creek offers a cornucopia of concerts Aug. 21

By Jennifer Bissell

The city of Waterville will be rocking on Saturday, Aug. 21, during the third annual Country on the Creek concert.

The city of Waterville will be rocking on Saturday, Aug. 21, during the third annual Country on the Creek concert.
Featuring four live performances, the benefit concert raises money to support the Waterville Community Center.
Tickets are still available throughout the Allamakee County communities and can also be purchased at the gates.

The big four
Located behind the former Waterville Elementary School turned community center, the concert will begin at 4 p.m. when local musician Mike McAbee takes the stage. The Frankville resident is known for his variety of cover performances, as well as original tunes like “Small Town Polka,” “The Wisconsin Bar Song” and “When Iowa Girls Get[Mad].”
Smokin’ Gun Showdown will kick off their set around 5 p.m. Hailing from Prairie du Chien, powerhouse female singers April Bouzek and Leigh Vorwald perform country, top 40, class rock blues and original tunes.
The Shalo Lee Band will take over at 6:30 p.m., for a 90-minute set. Based out of Minneapolis, the female-front group brings high energy to their performance. The Southern rock band has shared the stage with such musicians as The Charlie Daniels Band, Diamond Rio, Sara Evans and The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. 
The headliner is the Cory Farley Band. A native of Decorah, Farley has been a full-time musician for over 10 years, opening for such artists as Jason Aldean, Rascal Flatts and Toby Keith. He’s had such hits as “You Can Go Farm Yourself,” “Hayloft” and “Every Other Weekend.”

Other details
Dave Monserud is the concert chairman. He advised that while there will be a food stand at the venue, concert goers can bring their own coolers. They’re also asked to bring their own lawn chairs as there is no permanent seating available. New this year, there will be a few merchandise vendors on site. 
Monserud said there’s also camping sites available in Waterville.
“They can come in any time after Thursday, and we can park their camper. They can spend the weekend, so they don’t have to go home that night after the music ends,” he said. 

Get your tickets
Tickets can be purchased ahead of time, and are available at Carquest, Freedom Bank and Waukon State Bank in Waukon; Paint Creek Soaps in Waterville; The Sportsman Club in Rossville; Freedom Bank in Harpers Ferry; Kerndt Bros Bank and Lansing Housing Products in Lansing; and the Q94 Radio Station in Prairie du Chien. 
Tickets can also be purchased at the gates Saturday, Aug. 21.
While the weekend brings lots of people into Waterville, it’s also a big fundraiser to keep programs going at the community center.
“There’s a lot of activity at the community center between winter leagues, badminton, pickleball, the library, the school history room, public meeting rooms,” said Monserud. “This money helps keep our programs operating.”

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