Dances during fair a “thank you” to public
By Carolyn Lee
The Imperial Republican
“Get ready to rumble!” The Rumbles, a popular band from the Omaha area will be on stage at the Chase County Fair on Aug. 14, following the 38 Special concert.
The dance is free with the ticket price to the concert. The Rumbles will be on the stage in front of the grandstand from 9:30 p.m. to midnight.
The group formed in 1963. While the members have changed, Steve Hough of Council Bluffs is still an original member. “We enjoy playing music and seeing people have fun,” he said Tuesday. “As long as we can still do it, we will.”
The Rumbles play dance music from all eras.
They broke up in about 1972, Hough said. Then they staged a reunion at the old Peony Park amusement park, and “the next thing you know someone wanted us to play at a party. We learned some more songs for it, and one thing led to the next and we were back together.”
The group has played all over Nebraska and Iowa, with trips into neighboring states. Hough said they’re looking forward to their first trip to Imperial.
Fair board member Rick Einspahr said he and others had discussed putting a dance band together after a show for several years. “We wanted to give something back to the county constituents,” he stated.
Board member Sherri Clevenger added “We wanted to prolong the fun.”
On Saturday night, The Ben Treffer Band will perform in the open air auditorium following the grandstand show, Little Big Town. Former Imperial resident Brian Pankonin is a member of The Ben Treffer Band.
Admission to the dance is $5 per person.