|KARL KING BAND TO PERFORM IN SPENCER:
On Sunday evening, September
17, the nationally-known Karl L. King Municipal Band of Fort Dodge Ia,
has been invited to join the 100th anniversary celebration of the Clay
County Fair in Spencer. Karl L. King and the Fort Dodge Municipal
Band were regular fixtures at that fair each year, beginning in1922 and
continuing to the close of the 1959 season. This next photo shows
Karl King and his band in front of their tent camp at the 1928 Clay County
(You may click image to see the page giving identities of those pictured.)
Karl King is in the center of the photo, between the two sousaphone
The King Band last appeared at the Fair in Spencer
for the 75th anniversary in 1992.
The Karl King Band will be performing in the Grandstand
that evening, beginning with a pre-concert at 6:30 pm before the main celebration
starts at 7:00 pm. The evening program will include a human cannonball,
a high wire/unicycle act, and a juggler. There will also be two vocalists
performing as well. The evening’s festivities will close with a fireworks
display around 9:00 pm, highlighted by patriotic music from the King Band.
The evening’s program
will include music to celebrate the 100-year history of “The World’s Greatest
County Fair”. A wide variety of selections will be performed by the
Band, including former King Band conductor Reginald R. Schive’s “The Spencer
Fair March” premiered at the Fair’s 75th anniversary. Other songs
include a “Salute to Bob Hope”, who performed in the Grandstand in 1975,
and “Red’s White and Blue March” composed by “Red” Skelton, who performed
in the Grandstand in 1976. A medley of songs popular at the start
of World War I, titled “Over There” will also salute the first year of
the Fair’s organization.
A patriotic closing is planned to include “God Bless
the U.S.A.”, composed by Lee Greenwood, who performed in the Grandstand
in 1983 and again in 1992. The King Band will accompany a chorus
of nearly 200 students from area high schools to close the evening with
“America, the Beautiful” and “God Bless America”.
There is a $5.00 gate admission that day, and general
admission tickets are available for the grandstand show for $15.00 each,
with children 12 and under admitted free. Persons can order tickets
either online at www.claycountyfair.com,
or by calling 712-580-3000.
On Wednesday, September 27, the adventure/reality
television series Fire Ball Run will be making an overnight stop
in Fort Dodge on Day 5 of their 8-day travels, which starts in Eau Claire
WI. and ends in Rapid City SD. They will be filming Season 11, which
will air a year from now. This television series is produced by Universal
Studios in Orlando FL, and is seen on the Amazon.com cable channel.
At 5:30 pm that afternoon, the Karl L. King Municipal
Band will be presenting a public concert downtown in front of the Fort
Dodge Public Library. Local and area residents may attend this event
at no charge. Persons will need to bring their own lawn chairs, since
no seating will be provided.
The winter concert season begins on Sunday, February
18, 2018 at 3:30 pm in the Decker Auditorium on the Iowa Central Community