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Hastings Music Festival is Sunday
Hastings Minnesota 745 Spiral Boulevard 55033

The second annual Hastings Music Festival will be Sunday.

The festival will run from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Little Log House Pioneer Village south of Hastings off Highway 61. The headliner is Martin Zellar, who helped start the Gear Daddies. He will perform from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

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Also performing are Select Three, featuring Patrick Sieben, a Hastings graduate. His band will perform from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Select Three opened for Bon Jovi during a show in St. Paul this spring.

Tim Mahoney will play from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. The Midlife Cryslers will play from noon until 1:50 p.m. Brooke Ellis will kick the show off at 11:15 a.m.

All proceeds from the event will benefit Hastings Family Service. Last year's inaugural event raised $11,500.

Event coordinators Andy Lucking and Kevin Sieben are hoping to grow that figure this year.

"When Kevin and I first sat down and talked about it, we wanted to at least grow (the donation)," Lucking said. "$15,000 to $20,000 would be ideal."

"In general," Sieben said, "we're happy to raise any money we can for Hastings Family Service. Our goal is to raise as much as we can."

Last year's event came together in a matter of months. A number of local bands played the festival. This year, with more time and resources, organizers got to work to secure some high profile acts. They succeeded.

"We wanted to have an event that encompassed a lot of different genres of music," Sieben said.

The Midlife Cryslers, for example, play classic rock. Select Three, meanwhile, would fit under the pop music tag.

"No matter what kind of music you like, this event will be for you, and you can come out and have a good time," Sieben said.

Lucking is good friends with the festival's original organizer, Nick Langley. He simply wants to keep the festival moving forward.

"For me, this is just a continuation of what Nick started last year," Lucking said. "He came to me, had a good vision and wanted to help out Hastings Family Service. I wanted to get on board and try to do something for the community. I'm glad I got to be a part of it."

Sieben wasn't involved last year, but is friends with Lucking and wanted to help out.

"It raises money for a great organization," Sieben said. "When I started looking into it, the numbers really surprised me. One in 19 people have used Hastings Family Service in our town. I think this is something that has to be done for our community."

Much of the money raised by the event is donated by area businesses, and Lucking wanted to thank them for their support. The event is staffed by volunteers, and Lucking wanted to thank them, too.

"We definitely couldn't do it without them," he said. "There's just been tremendous support for this."

Silent auction items are still being accepted. They should be dropped off with Gordy Pearson at Farmer's Insurance, located at 1640 S. Frontage Road near Target.

Tickets are $10 in advance at Terry's Ace Hardware, Cub Foods and the Hastings Area YMCA. Tickets are available at the gate for $15. They can also be purchased online at www.brownpapertickets.com.

Food, beverages and beer will be available for purchase. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs.

The event will be held rain or shine.

For more information, visit www.hastingsmusicfestival. com.

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Chad Richardson
Chad Richardson is the publisher and editor at the Hastings Star Gazette. He was the general manager of the Farmington Independent and Rosemount Town Pages from 2000 to 2007. He previously worked at the Star Gazette from 1996 to 2000 as a photographer and reporter. He also worked as a photographer and writer at the Pope County Tribune in Glenwood.
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