Thursday, September 18, 2014
It is all about the food, music and trains at the South Dakota State Railroad Museum’s Chew-Choo BBQ and Concert on Sunday, Sept. 21.
Free museum admission plus family games and activities for ticket holders will begin at 1 p.m., with the afternoon’s main activities under the big tent (rain or shine) starting at 3 p.m. with the music of noted South Dakota musicians Hank Harris and Kenny Putnam. The duo will perform some of their favorite music, plus put a special spin on railroad classics from several eras. The performance is co-sponsored by the South Dakota Arts Council.
The barbecue meal featuring beef brisket, pork and all the trimmings will begin at about 3:30 p.m., with silent auction items for viewing and bidding available until 5 p.m., with the announcement of winning bids at 6 p.m.
The live auction will take place at 5:45 p.m. Contemporary Black Hills impressionist artist Dede Farrar will donate one half of the sale price for her original acrylic painting entitled “Prairie Flight”—a study of a red-tailed hawk hovering ahead of a train.
“I let the work speak for itself—I want to create pieces that are uplifting and positive,” Farrar said.
Other art, railroad memorabilia and specialty items will be auctioned to benefit the museum.
A partial list of event co-sponsors includes the Rapid City, Pierre and Eastern Railroad; South Dakota Wheat Growers; BNSF Railway; Duhamel Broadcasting, Great Western Tire and Action Mechanical.
“The barbecue is planned as a very casual afternoon of great food, music, auction fun, and other family activities to showcase and promote all of the year-round programs going on at the museum,” said Charlie Johnson, museum vice-chair and coordinator of the event.
Attendees will also be able to visit with the museum’s staff and its board of directors. Johnson will also announce the details of a special raffle for a one-of-a-kind Canadian railroad passenger adventure at 6 p.m.
Tickets may be purchased in advance for $25 per person ($30 day of event), with kids 10 and under free when accompanied by paid adult admissions. More information and tickets available from Rick Mills at 574-9000 or at www.sdsrm.org.