By DUANE NOLLEN
The Oskaloosa Herald
The Eddyville Raceway Park was rumbling Saturday night, and for once it wasn’t the roar of race car engines that was the cause — it was Eddyville MusicFest.
Eddyville MusicFest started at 5 p.m. and wrapped up at 10 p.m. as six bands took the stage to entertain the crowd and raise funds for city improvements.
“This is a fund-raiser for our community park,” Eddyville City Councilman Doug Greenlee said before the show. “This is the first time we’ve ever been able to do something like this.”
Greenlee said the idea for the fund-raiser came from Dwight Lobberecht and some of his friends who attended a class reunion. They wanted to do something to help raise funds for community improvements, he said. Proceeds from the concert will supplement grants from local community foundations for park improvements, he added.
Greenlee said the Eddyville City Park has received a lot of work lately.
“We’ve just finished restoring the Central Park bandstand,” he said. “The Civil War monument has been fully restored.”
Currently, the city is about half way through with a picnic shelter replacement. The concrete has been poured and pillars will be installed this week. Also, sidewalks, playground equipment and the parking lot will also be on the agenda for work, he said.
MusicFest kicked off at 5 p.m. with area veterans raising the American Flag while Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont High School alumnus Brooke Lundsford sang the national anthem.
The opening band 9 Miles North got the crowd fired up for the evening with their brand of country/rock music. Other bands that played included Cadillac Jack, Kendall Meyer Bank, Phoenix, Rukkus and the Allison Brothers Band.
“The Allison Brothers Band is in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame,” Greenlee said. Guitarist Curt Allison also flew into town to perform for the event, he added.
Curt Allison did a meet and greet with kids during the event and three Eddyville band students also got to perform with the band, Greenlee said.
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