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The Tribute Quartet is just one of a few smaller groups within the barbershop chorus. It is made up of, left right: Chuck Speer, Greg Hayes, Norm Floden and Don Garber. Submitted photos

A few turtle fest events...

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$10K giveaway

There are still a few raffle tickets left for the $10,000 Giveaway happening just before the Turtle Fest parade this Friday.


The giveaway is a fundraiser for the Perham Center for the Arts. Tickets are $100 each and are available at the Perham Chamber office. Only 250 tickets are being sold, so there’s a one in 250 chance of winning the $10,000 grand prize. There will also be second and third place prizes.

The drawing will be held at 6:15 p.m. at the judge’s stand, leading up to the 6:30 p.m. grand parade.

The Perham Center for the Arts is also involved with Turtle Fest with a special Art in the Park event this Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. Featured will be regional craft vendors, with live entertainment by Patrick Murphy at noon on Friday, and sneak peek previews of the children’s theater’s upcoming musical, “Annie,” starting at 10 a.m. and running every half hour through 11:30 a.m., both days.

Wine and beer tasting

Promenade Ballroom and Landmark Liquors have partnered to offer something fun for adults to do while the kids play at Turtle Fest Friday.

From 2:30-5 p.m. at the ballroom, across from the Turtle Fest children’s activities, there will be a wine and beer tasting event. Music will be provided by Brian Howey.

Tickets will be available at the door for $6, which covers the cost of five tastings. Half of the ticket proceeds will go to the Perham Lions club to help with funding needs for Turtle Fest.

Samples are being provided by Landmark Liquors and a few of their vendors, in addition to Promenade. Promenade Ballroom is located at 201 1st Ave. S.

Barbershop Chorus

Heart O’ Lakes Harmony Men’s Barbershop Chorus will be giving a benefit concert to support Kamp Kace and the Lions Club’s efforts to give help and encouragement to children with cancer.

The free 90-minute concert is being held in association with Turtle Fest, and will start at 7 p.m. this Thursday, June 20 at the Perham High School Auditorium.

Thirty-three men from the 47 total members of the local chapter of the International Barbershop Harmony Society will be on stage to showcase music from the Roaring ‘20s and a blues musical style characteristic of the Deep South.

The concert will include several quartets made up of members of the chorus, as well as a small group affectionately known as a Very Large Quartet – eight men from the chorus who sing songs in the barbershop musical style. 

Barbershop is uniquely American music that emerged well before people had youtube, facebook, twitter, television or Netflix for their entertainment, but instead were forced to sing and harmonize with each other. It was a big part of vaudeville entertainment and was always included in traveling minstrel shows. It showed up in local barbershops and men often got together to enjoy the tight four part a’capella harmony that characterizes the genre.

Barbershop almost died when radio and television became popular, but was revived in the late 1930s after the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barber Shop Quartet Singing in America was formed. It is currently a worldwide organization with more than 25,000 members in the United States and Canada alone.

Thursday night’s concert will present a cross section of the kind of music that is barbershop.

The concert is sponsored by Bremer Bank and the Perham Lions Club.