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Brother's memory lives on in festival at Mina business

September 1, 2014

By Elisa Sand, American News, Aberdeen, S.D.

Sept. 01--MINA -- Steven Schwab has been gone for eight years, but his family keeps his memory alive each year with two memorial events -- Schwab Fest and a snowmobile poker run.

Schwab Fest was Sunday at the Wakeside Bar and Grill in Mina. The evening concert featured Chancey Williams and the Younger Brothers Band, and had opening act performances from local musicians Rehmy Sutton and Seth Anderson.

Schwab's sister Angie Vetter said her brother died in a motor vehicle accident in February 2006. He was driving home to Mina, caught some loose gravel and rolled his vehicle. The first Schwab Fest was a karaoke event held as a celebration on his birthday in April.

Last year, the annual event grew into an outdoor concert featuring Chancey Williams and the Younger Brothers Band.

"This year is definitely the biggest," Vetter said. "There's the most buzz about it."

Vetter said she isn't 100 percent certain where the proceeds will go from Sunday's concert, but the family will use the funds to support an activity her brother enjoyed. Her brother was an avid sportsman who also enjoyed snowmobiling.

Proceeds from the annual snowmobile poker run are used to purchase two shotguns for the youth pheasant hunts sponsored by Pheasants Forever.

"It's cool to be able to have it here," Vetter said, explaining that it's a pretty awesome feeling holding the annual events.

"We're trying to keep his memory alive and have fun because we know that's what he would have wanted," Vetter said.

About Steven Schwab

Vetter said her brother was often seen in camouflage or blaze orange hunting gear. The youngest of three siblings, he was the likely candidate to take over the family farm.

He was pursuing an ag degree from the North Dakota State College of Science and would have graduated in spring 2006.

"He was like this huge teddy bear," Vetter said. "He would never hurt a fly."

Vetter said her brother was also a friend to anybody. In high school, she said, he was friends with the popular crowd, but also reached out to those who didn't have as many friends.

"He was very loving," she said. "He liked a good party and was the life of the party. He always had a smile on his face."

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Angie Vetter tells a little about Schwab Fest and what it supports in a video with this story at


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