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The "world's fastest banjo player," Johnny Butten and his band will perform at the Ulen-Hitterdal School's Top Hat Theatre in Ulen on Saturday, June 20, at 7:30 p.m. The concert will raise funds to offset costs for the 2009-10 season of the Top Hat Theatre. Tickets are on sale at the school office and Northwestern Bank in Ulen, with a discount for advance purchase.
The "world's fastest banjo player," Johnny Butten and his band will perform at the Ulen-Hitterdal School's Top Hat Theatre in Ulen on Saturday, June 20, at 7:30 p.m. The concert will raise funds to offset costs for the 2009-10 season of the Top Hat Theatre. Tickets are on sale at the school office and Northwestern Bank in Ulen, with a discount for advance purchase.

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A Detroit Lakes summer tradition for the past several years, the Tuesdays in the Park summer concert series continues June 9 with a 7 p.m. performance by the Park Rapids Area Community Band. Other upcoming performers will include Vincent and the Van Goes, June 16; Doc & the Scrubs, June 23; Mark Fogelson, June 30; Doc & the Scrubs, July 7; Tim Eggebraaten, July 21; Crashing Down, July 28; Purple Pan Steel Drum Band, Aug. 4; Ulen Community Band, Aug. 11; Doc & the Scrubs, Aug. 18; and the Lakes Area Community Concert Band, Aug. 25. All concerts will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the City Park Bandshell, and are free and open to the public. Call 218-844-SHOW (7469) for more information.

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Award-winning country artist LeAnn Rimes comes to Mahnomen's Shooting Star Casino this Thursday, June 11 for an 8 p.m. show. Tickets range in price from $35 to $65, and can be purchased at the casino box office (777 Casino Road, Mahnomen), by phone at 800-313-7469, or online at www.starcasino.com.

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Preparations for New York Mills' two-day celebration of the 16th annual Great American Think-Off, June 12-13, are underway. The festivities begin Friday, June 12, with a concert by the Café Accordion Orchestra, set to start at 7:30 p.m. in the New York Mills Regional Cultural Center. An optional dinner before the concert will be served at the Mills Creamery beginning at 5:30 p.m. The Great Debate is set for Saturday, June 13, at 7 p.m. in the James W. Mann Center for the Performing Arts at New York Mills Schools. A reception for all attending the debate will be held at the Cultural Center immediately following its conclusion. Tickets for the concert and for the debate are both $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Call 218-385-3339 for more information, or visit www.kulcher.org, where you can find the complete text of the winning essays.

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Take a walk down memory lane and revisit the songs of one of America's music legends at Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre on Thursday, June 18 at 7:30 p.m., as Cassie Weisner & the Bobs present "The Music of Patsy Cline." Tickets are $15 for adults, $7.50 for students. Call 218-844-SHOW (7469) or visit www.dlccc.org for more information.

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The community of Perham will celebrate the 25th anniversary of Turtle Fest on June 17-21, with a number of features new and old including a parade, at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 19, followed by live music from October Road at the fairgrounds, and fireworks at 10:30 p.m. during the dance. The second annual "Back to the 60s Bash" featuring the music of the Unbelievable Uglies takes place on Saturday, June 20, in the historic Grand View Heights Ballroom; and the Little Miss Turtle Fest pageant, open to girls ages 5-7, will be held Thursday, June 18 at 7 p.m. in the Perham High School Auditorium. There will also be a hog and turkey cookout; a show by the Perham Area Cruisers Car Club; and of course, the annual demolition derby, set for 2 p.m. Saturday, June 20 at the fairgrounds.

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Banjo player Johnny Butten and his band will perform at the Ulen-Hitterdal School's Top Hat Theatre in Ulen on Saturday, June 20, at 7:30 p.m. Butten is the current world record holder as the "world's fastest banjo player," according to the Guinness Book of World Records. The concert will raise funds to offset costs for the 2009-10 season of the Top Hat Theatre. Tickets are now available at Northwestern Bank, Ulen and in the Ulen-Hitterdal School office at $10 for adults and $5 for students. Buy your tickets early, as the at-door adult price will increase to $15 with students staying at $5. You can also call and reserve your tickets at 596-8853.

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One of country music's true living legends, George Jones comes to Mahnomen's Shooting Star Casino for an 8 p.m. concert on Thursday, June 25. Tickets range in price from $25 to $55, and can be purchased at the casino box office (777 Casino Road, Mahnomen), by phone at 800-313-7469, or online at www.starcasino.com.

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Singer-songwriter Tim Mahoney will perform with his band at Zorbaz in Detroit Lakes (402 West Lake Drive) on Friday, June 26, at 9 p.m. Mahoney was just announced as the Grand Prize winner of the 2008 Great Lakes Songwriting Contest, and earlier this year won the pop arm of the Durango Song Expo's "Write With a Hit-Maker" Contest as well as the 2008 We Are Listening Contest. He's also currently a finalist for the pop category of the 2008 John Lennon Songwriting Contest. For ticket information, call Zorbaz at 218-847-5305.

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Moorhead's Hjemkomst Center is gearing up to celebrate the 32nd Annual Scandinavian Hjemkomst Festival, June 26-29. The festival, which hosts roughly 6,500 visitors each year, will highlight the theme "Nordic Spirit Rocks!" Finnish culture and music will be spotlighted in the live entertainment portion of the event, with groups including the Twin Cities' Saana Ensemble, Finn Hall Band and Kisaret Folk Dancers; Duluth's Jarvenpaa Singers and Kanteleen Soittjat; the Suomalainen Sisters from Michigan and much more. Festival pass commemorative buttons, good for all three days of the event, are available online at www.FargoStuff.com, or at the Hjemkomst Center, for $10 in advance or $12 at the door. Groups of 10 or more can purchase the buttons for $8 each. Youth age 19 and under are admitted free of charge. For more information, call 218-299-5452, visit scandinavianhjemkomstfestival.org or send e-mail to FMSHF@ci.moorhead.mn.us.

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Plans are taking shape for New York Mills' 125th anniversary celebration, "Blast From the Past," set for the holiday weekend of July 3-5. There will be a Lund Boats Fishing Tournament, parade and street dance, all on Friday, July 3; pancake breakfast, a classic car show, ball game and fireworks on Saturday, July 4; and a community picnic, judging of the beard growing contest, coed softball, and both bagpipe and barbershop music performances, all set for Sunday, July 5. There will also be tours of the Lund Boats plant, a historic photograph display at the Cultural Center, free swimming and more.

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A Center for the Arts in Fergus Falls will be staging the musical "The Sound of Music" on July 18, 20, 28, 29, 30, 31 and Aug. 1 at 7 p.m. and July 19 at 2 p.m. in the Historic Fergus Theatre, 124 W. Lincoln Ave., Fergus Falls. Tickets are on sale now. Call 218-998-ARTS (2787) for more information.

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Last season's "American Idol" winner, David Cook, will play Fargo's The Venue at The Hub on Tuesday, July 14. Cook beat rival David Archuletta in May of 2008 to become the seventh "American Idol." He returned to this year's finale to perform his own song, "Permanent." Cook is the first "Idol" winner to perform in Fargo. Cook's "Declaration" tour supports his 2008 self-titled disc, on which "Declaration" is the first song. The group Needtobreathe opens the concert. Tickets for the all-ages show go on sale at The Hub at 5 p.m. June 12 for $29.50, and can also be purchased for $35 on the day of the show. For more information call 800-511-1552 or go to www.jadepresents.com.

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The visit of the Vietnam Memorial Traveling Wall at the Chas. D. Center VFW Post 3289 in New York Mills, originally scheduled from June 3-8, has been postponed to Sept. 10-13. All programs and activities scheduled during those dates have been postponed as well. According to Don Allen of the American Veterans Traveling Tribute, the 80 percent size replica of the Vietnam Memorial Wall was damaged recently and will have to be replaced. While everyone involved is greatly disappointed, they are still looking forward to hosting the Vietnam Memorial Traveling Wall on Sept. 10-13. For more information, contact VFW Post 3289 in New York Mills at 218-385-3510 or the ITOW Veterans Museum in Perham at 218-346-7678. For more information call 218 385-3510 or 218 346-7678 or visit www.ITOWmuseum.org.­­

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The Entertainment Calendar appears weekly in the Detroit Lakes Tribune. Submissions, questions and corrections (labeled "Entertainment Calendar") may be sent by fax, 218-847-9409, by mail to Detroit Lakes Newspapers, 511 Washington Ave., P.O. Box 826, Detroit Lakes MN 56502, or by e-mail to Vicki Gerdes at vgerdes@dlnewspapers.com.

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