Jake McVey to headline Veterans Appreciation Concert in Humboldt

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Jake McVey, a 1999 graduate of Mediapolis High School in Mediapolis, will take the stage at the Veterans Appreciation Concert, which will be Saturday at lower Joe Sheldon Park in Humboldt.

HUMBOLDT — An Iowa-born country music artist will headline the third Veterans Appreciation Concert this weekend, which will raise money for veterans across the state.

Jake McVey, a 1999 graduate of Mediapolis High School in Mediapolis, will take the stage at the Veterans Appreciation Concert, which will be Saturday at lower Joe Sheldon Park in Humboldt.

Dwight Lindquist, the concert’s organizer and promoter, said McVey is nationally-known, with appearances on the Billboard country music chart and recently had a No. 1 music video on the CMT television network.

His breakthrough single was 2016’s “Y’All Girls.”

“We’re very glad to have Jake here,” Lindquist said. “He’s an Iowa boy. Very patriotic, very down-to-earth with his Iowa upbringing and everything. He will put on a fantastic show.”

McVey will take the stage around 9:30 p.m., but prior to that concert-goers will be treated to opening act Lyin’ Eyes, an Eagles tribute band from the Kansas City, Missouri, area.

“That is the first time ever an Eagles tribute band has played around this area,” Lindquist said. “We’re looking forward to that.”

In between Lyin’ Eyes and McVey’s performances, Lindquist said there will be a break during which the 60-plus sponsors and 28 donors will be thanked. Free items will also be given out.

“We’ll throw out military t-shirts and hats for the people,” he said. “We’ll probably have around 50.”

Additionally, Lindquist said a selection of patriotic tunes will be played for guests for about 40 minutes.

Those songs will include “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy,” “Goodbye Maria (I’m Off to Korea),” “Ballad of the Green Berets,” “The Ballad of Ira Hayes” and “The Fightin’ Side of Me.”

“Pretty much all the songs that we’re going to do are going to relate to our country and our military by artists that have scored top hits out of them,” Lindquist said.

As guests are arriving, DJ Music Inferno will play songs until 6 p.m.

Following the DJ’s performance, there will be a military ceremony.

“We’ll have a retired colonel from the Marine Corps doing the speech and then the VFW and the 133rd (Test Squadron) will do the honor guard together,” Lindquist said. “And we’ll do the folds of honor with military members and the VFW.”

The Sathers-Odgaard VFW Post No. 5240, of Dakota City, will also be running the beer garden and refreshments.

Food will be provided by TC Mae’s, of Fort Dodge.

All veterans, active duty members, guard members and reservists get into the concert for free, Lindquist said. Additionally, auxiliary members who can present proof of their membership will also get in for free.

Children 15 and younger will be admitted free.

Non-veterans are charged $10 for admission.

There will also be inflatables available for children until about 9 p.m.

All the money made off the concert will go to the Iowa Veterans Trust Fund, in Des Moines. Lindquist said the money will go to veterans who are in need and that need help.

This is the third time the concert has been held. It is held every other year, with the previous concerts being in 2014 and 2016.

“Each year we learn new lessons and do different things and learn what to do and what not to do,” Lindquist said. “We’re hoping it can keep going and get better. Bigger and better.”

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