Rockin’, waltzin’ in Rush City

The Bavarian Boys Band put a bounce in people’s steps through polka and waltz tunes during a Saturday afternoon performance at the Rush City Music and Art Festival. The Bavarian Boys Band put a bounce in people’s steps through polka and waltz tunes during a Saturday afternoon performance at the Rush City Music and Art Festival. Over at the fairgrounds, Wendell and Bonnie Larson, of Cambridge, dance to a waltz performed by The Bavarian Boys Band on Saturday at the Rush City Music and Art Festival. “We’ve enjoyed everything today,” Bonnie said afterward. The Classic Car Show at the Rush City Music and Art Festival seemed bigger than ever since the fairgrounds offered plenty of space for folks to display their collectibles. Visitors could check out vehicles from a 1964 Buick Special convertible with 455 engine to a ‘41 Chevy two-door sedan with yellow flames over a dark blue paint job. The festival’s Classic Car Show is hardly just a show for cars to Dave Leibel of Rush City. He brought a number of classic tractors, including this crank-start 1932 Farmall F20, to the fairgrounds on Saturday. “It originally came with steel wheels and is a two-plow tractor,” he said of its power. “They didn’t rate horsepower then, and it even competed against John Deere back in those days.” Surrounded by quilts, Diane Webeck crochets while waiting for folks to check out her booth on a hot Saturday afternoon at the Rush City Music and Art Festival. Ta-Da the Clown works on a balloon animal for children at the festival. Trilogy Classic Band, featuring Mike Triplett on guitar, Mark Prior on drums and Rikiey Roc on bass, cranks out some classic rock during their set on Saturday at the fairgrounds. The group plays a wide range of hits from rock to country.
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The festival’s Classic Car Show is hardly just a show for cars to Dave Leibel of Rush City. He brought a number of classic tractors, including this crank-start 1932 Farmall F20, to the fairgrounds on Saturday. “It originally came with steel wheels and is a two-plow tractor,” he said of its power. “They didn’t rate horsepower then, and it even competed against John Deere back in those days.”

Rush City was the place to be last weekend for graduates from years gone by and music, art and even classic car enthusiasts everywhere.

The Rush City High School All School Reunion and the Rush City Chamber Music and Art Festival coexisted in fine fashion Aug. 16-17. While numerous classes reunited for either lunch or social time at local eateries and the high school, the music and art festival was moved from the city park to the fairgrounds this year.

No matter the venue, a good time seemed to be had by all.

— Photos by Jon Tatting