A new celebration begins: Genesis Music Festival
16 bands, parade, vendors
Sixteen bands, three stages, tractor pulls, stock car races and possibly the biggest arena tribute band in the Midwest — event organizers say the Genesis Music Festival is going to be big, and it’s going to be something new for the area.
“It’s definitely new. It’s an expansion of something we’ve always wanted to do,” said Chairman Kerk Friday.
Friday leads the group of volunteers who have run the Fort Dodge Frontier Days event, held at the Fort Museum and Frontier Village, over the past 10 years, he said. This year the museum and village will hold an “Original Wild West Frontier Days” event over the same weekend.
Friday said the Genesis Music Festival, to be held June 1-3 at Sports Park Raceway, came about because the group felt the event needed to grow.
“The Fort Museum is an amazing thing,” Friday said. “It’s kind of landlocked, with Friendship Haven on one side, the college on the other. There’s just not a lot of room if you want to do something bigger.
“There’s not even room for, if we wanted to have Hairball it would be too big, too loud.”
Hairball will be the featured band Saturday night on the main stage. Promising a “bombastic celebration of arena rock,” Hairball gives a two-hour homage to some of the biggest arena acts in the world, including Van Halen, KISS, Motley Crue, Queen, Journey, and Aerosmith.
Cost for the main stage act, which also features Screaming for Silence, is $15 in advance or $20 at the gate.
Admission to the festival is $5, including free access to the other two stages and all other bands.
The mix of music lined up for the weekend includes King of the Tramps, Scotty Roxstar, Saucy Jack and Brutal Republic. Friday said while many local bands are featured, the musicians will come from all over, and he actually had to turn some bands away because of lack of room.
Some things won’t change. The Genesis group is putting on the parade through downtown Saturday morning as it’s been in years past, Friday said.
“That starts at 10 a.m. Saturday morning, down Central Avenue like always, from the Fire Department to the square,” he said. “Next year we’re turning that over to the Fort Museum.”
There will be a truck pull Friday night, and stock care races Sunday night. Admission either event will be $10.
Friday night will also feature an EDM black light glow paint party. Friday said it’s similar to a “color run,” and participants should bring white clothes they are prepared to get ruined.
Shopping options will include a trader’s village with old time favorites, as well as vendors and crafters. And Miriam’s Midway Carnival will provide rides and games for all ages.
“They’re bringing the big rides, not just kiddie rides,” Friday said.
And of course, while people are in town for the weekend they can go to the separate event at the Fort Museum as well.
“I think people from the area should take it all in. I think it’s going to be an amazing weekend,” Friday said. “There’s plenty to do in town. When people say in Fort Dodge there’s nothing to do — there’s a lot to do in this town, you just have to get out and do it.”
It was time for a new location for this event, Friday said, because of the size and the situation, as well as expenses. Growing the event should provide more revenue to cover increasing expenses, he said.
Friday has had lots of time to contact bands and help organize as he continues to recover from a serious accident in March 2016 in Missouri.
Don and Bonnie Miller will be parade grand marshals this year. The two were high school sweethearts at Eagle Grove High School. Don attended University of Wyoming on a wrestling scholarship, and was a three time conference champion in the Western Athletic Conference.
He began teaching and coaching at Eagle Grove. He taught and coached wrestling for 15 years, many of them at Fort Dodge. After finishing his coaching career in 1985, he became an assistant principal and athletic director at Fort Dodge Senior High in 1987, until his retirement in 2002.
Bonnie received her education degree from Iowa State University, taught in elementary schools in Fort Dodge and then was a teacher at Fair Oaks Middle School.
She was an assistant principal at Phillips Middle School and finished her educational career as principal at Fair Oaks Middle School. She retired in 2004 after 32 years in education.
Genesis Music Festival
WHEN: June 1, 2, 3 at Sports Park Raceway, 2298 S. River Road.
Noon to midnight Friday; 10 a.m. to midnight Saturday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.
For more information visit festivalgenesis.com.
Featuring: Hairball; main stage gates open 6 p.m. June 2. Admission $15 in advance, $20 at the door.
Friday night truck pull
Sunday night IMCA Stock Car races
3-5 p.m. Lone Tree Revival
6-8 p.m. Grin
9-midnight Saucy Jack
4-6 p.m. Scotty Roxstar
7-8 p.m. Kyle Stringer
9-midnight EDM Paint Party (wear white)
3-5 p.m. Tantrum To Blind
6-8 p.m. Brutal Republic
9-midnight King of the Tramps
1-3 p.m. Eli Dykstra
4-6 p.m. Ancient Elm
7-9 p.m. 7 Minutes Till
11 a.m.-2 p.m. Beaver
2-4 p.m. Fabulous Uniques