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Weather dampens attendance at Frosty's Bash

June 29, 2014

By Jeff Bahr, American News, Aberdeen, S.D.

June 29--Organizers of Frosty's Summer Bash hope the event will pick up momentum in its second day.

The crowd may have grown later in the evening. But as of 7:30 p.m. Saturday, only about 100 people were enjoying the music of Micah Small and Thrillbilly in the concert area north of Centennial Village. A couple of dozen other people were dining in the camping area, where about 10 trailers were parked.

Rain at the Brown County Fairgrounds ended at about 3:15 p.m. Saturday.

"The weather has really hurt us," said Georgia Smith, treasurer of the Snow Queen Festival.

She also mentioned that "I wish Aberdeen would support things a little better." The weather at the fairgrounds, she said, is sometimes different from conditions in Aberdeen.

The turnout was picking up slightly at around 7:15. "I hope so. Cars are pulling in," Smith said, noting that Aberdeen's roller derby team was competing at the nearby Holum Expo Building. "I hope we'll get some of those people, too."

Saturday was the opening day of the two-day event. The first of five Saturday concerts began at 3 p.m., with Love and Theft starting at 10:30 p.m.

This is the second year of Frosty's Summer Bash, which is meant to raise money and the profile of the South Dakota Snow Queen Festival, based in Aberdeen.

Today's schedule runs from 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. The first entertainer of the day, Michael Whisler, starts at 11 a.m. Many of the activities in Centennial Village are free.

The weather today is supposed to be beautiful, Smith said.

She pointed out that "a lot of great volunteers" have worked hard to present Frosty's Summer Bash.

One of the volunteers, Stu Swenson, was entertaining young people in the kids' area. Swenson supervised Veggie 500 races and a duck pond. Nearby, other kids were enjoying inflatables, and an Aberdeen police officer was showing kids a patrol car. Frederick music teacher Liz Labesky sold cotton candy made by Frederick's cotton candy team.

Three queens were on hand, having their pictures taken and "meeting kids," in the words of Ipswich'sTory Makela, who the is South Dakota Snow Queen. She was joined by South Dakota Junior Snow Queen Demi Truebenbach and Miss Aberdeen Andrea Kraushar.

Truebenbach and Makela were putting in long days, extending from 10 a.m. to midnight. Kraushar's shift ran from 1 to 6 p.m.

More queens are expected today.

Visitors to Centennial Village got to see the remodeled main bar. New walls and a new ceiling give the saloon a much brighter look. Volunteers finished the work a couple of days ago, said Centennial Village manager Markcus Selzler. The work was so recent that the place smells new.


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