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Spectacular features a new twist - a USO show

Monday, June 17, 2002

The Star Spangled Spectacular July 3 Sunset Park bandshell entertainment will have a new twist this year - a USO-style variety show, produced by coordinator Bruce Kurtz.

Kurtz explained entertainment will begin around 7-7:15 p.m. in the bandshell. All of the performers will be on stage at once, switching off between entertainers. They musical numbers will be interspersed with local humor and readings from a series of letters from a World War II soldier to his family at home.

The July 3 bandshell entertainment will be the final performance for the Storm Lake High School men's acapella group.The men are graduating seniors and may not be able to perform together for some time.

They will offer 60s music, patriotic music and others.

Other musical performers include the Storm Lake High School jazz band, father/daughter team Dan and Liz Andrews and others. Kurtz said a group from the Army Reserve will conduct a flag-folding ceremony after the entertainment.

The coordinator said this somber ceremony will help spectators to remember the veterans who sacrificed so that we can enjoy celebrations such as the Fourth of July. The show should last approximately 90 minutes.

The United Methodist Church Chancel choir will be hosting an ice cream social at Sunset Park near the bandshell beginning at 6:30 p.m. Coordinator Alan Bridge said ice cream will be sold for $1.00 with cake sold for 50 cents.

The Star Spangled Spectacular and associated activites are free and open to the public. Commodores are Todd and Laurie Oxley.