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KTD organizers reviving live beer garden show

The Jeremy DeWall Band performs at The Nautical in Okoboji, Iowa. Members are Scott Ringquist, guitar (from left); Steven Koop, drums; Jeremy DeWall, lead guitar, vocals; and John Isaacson, bass. (Special to The Globe)

WORTHINGTON — This year’s King Turkey Day beer garden will feature a rockin’ good time.

The Jeremy DeWall Band, a regional rock group, will entertain KTD beer garden attendees aged 21 and-older from 8  to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15 during a free live performance.

The Jackson-based group, which has built an area following as the Jeremy DeWall Band and The Nectorines, will play a variety of familiar rock covers, particularly from some of the band’s favorite ’80s rock idols.

KTD President Terri Odell said the decision to add a live show to the beer garden was based on considerable feedback she and other organizers have received. Having performed as an opening act in previous KTDs when a concert was hosted at the fairgrounds, Odell said the board chose to have the Jeremy DeWall Band return.

“We knew what they played and they were liked by the crowd there,” she said of the band’s past KTD performance.

The revival of live beer garden music is just one way organizers are trying to keep Worthington’s annual celebration fresh.

The beer garden will feature other local talent earlier in the day. Kalea Appel, a Worthington High School student, will play the guitar and sing following the KTD parade from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The beer garden will also feature a DJ on Friday night.

“We’re trying to hit what everybody likes,” Odell said about the variety of shows in the beer tent, which will also feature new alcohol offerings.