Popular Jackson Grand Ole Opry-style show returning for 11th year

JACKSON — A popular Christmastime show designed for the whole family is returning to Jackson for its 11th year.

The Jackson Kiwanis Club’s Grand Ole Opry-Style Country Music Show is set to entertain another crowd next Saturday, Dec. 7 in Jackson.

“If someone wants to have a good evening or afternoon of entertainment, pick up some tickets and come and enjoy,” said longtime Kiwanis member Ken Bargfrede, who chairs the show with his wife, Janet.

Hosted in conjunction with Jackson’s Winterfest, two Saturday showtimes are scheduled. The first show will kickoff at 2 p.m. and the second later in the evening at 7:30 p.m. Both shows are in the Jackson County Central Performing Arts Center, 1128 North Highway, Jackson.

“There isn’t a bad seat in the place,” said Bargfrede about the venue available to host the show.


The show will feature performances from artists across the region. Performers include: Kerri Henderson, Ricky Nelson, the Lessman Fiddlers, Michelle Scheepstra, Justin Lessman, Bob Petrowiak, Barb Johnson, Jim and Jessie Howard and Mel Kimblad.

The Opry All-Star Band of Barb Johnson, Maury Muhm, Jon Johnson, Scott Sorbo, Byron Kittleson, Scott Dahl, Steve Samuelson Sr. and Mel Kimblad will also perform.

Larry Anderson and Rhonda Wedeking will by show emcees. Special guest appearance will be made by Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Snacks and refreshments will be served between shows for a free-will offering.

“We’ve had nothing but good comments from it,” Bargfrede said. “People who have been to Branson and Nashville say this is just as good, and it’s cheaper.”

The Kiwanis Club fundraiser was inspired by a similar show that the couple attended in Spirit Lake, Iowa.

“We went to Spirit Lake years ago,” Bargfrede said, “and Janet said, ‘You know, we should do something like that in Jackson. We’ve got such a nice place.’ That’s what started it.”

Proceeds from the event will be directed to the Kiwanis Club, which sponsors many kids’-centered events and programs that benefit children.


Tickets may be purchased at the Colleen Anderson Insurance Agency, (507) 847-3891, 305 Second St., Jackson; or by calling Bargfrede at (507) 847-2009.

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