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Blind Joe comes to Rugby

By Staff | Jul 8, 2016

Lauren Casavant (right), along with Tesha Sobolik (left) pose with Blind Joe after his concert.

Blind Joe of NBC’s The Voice performed at the fairgrounds Thursday, June 30, as part of a special “Music in the Park”. The bandstand was full as Blind Joe performed a mix of country and rock songs.

Music in the Park was moved to Thursday as opposed to the traditional Wednesday evening event in order to kick off the 100th anniversary of the Pierce County Fair.

As always, the Lions Club served free ice cream before and during the also free concert, which Blind Joe himself was impressed by. “How cool is it that there’s free ice cream here? Let’s hear it for the Rugby Lions Club and free ice cream!” he said in between songs.

The evening was a definite success, with over 800 people in the crowd and 496 cups 33 gallons of ice cream served.

“He sounds pretty darn good!” Micah Scott, a local musician said. “I’d love to hear him play with a band. I think that would be so interesting.”

Blind Joe grew up in the Fargo area, making him a crowd favorite all over the state of North Dakota. “It’s so incredible that a city the size of Rugby, and the Lion’s Club, can have this opportunity and can offer this to people for free,” Eldon Borgen said about the concert.

Music in the Park will continue at Ellery Park Wednesday, July 13, with Dick Kimmel performing at 7 p.m. and a hamburger picnic starting at 5 p.m.

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