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Hoot it up at Mahtowa Hootenanny

Need to put a little fun back into your summer? This weekend holds the perfect solution — the Second Annual “Mahtowa Hootenanny” set for noon to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 23, at the Old Mahtowa School.

Hosted by “The Holy Hootenanners,” a country gospel band, the festival features the music of eight area music groups—including “The Holy Hootenanners” themselves.

“The group consists of 10 very talented musicians, from grade-schoolers to gray-haired folks,” said band member Caleb Anderson. “Holy Hootenanners is a group of like-minded musicians united by a small country church in Mahtowa. We play foot-stompin,’ hoot-n-holler country gospel music and more.”

The group, formed in 2013 as a country gospel band that performs regularly at Salem Lutheran Church in Mahtowa, consists of musicians from many local and state bands. The band recently released their first album, “Home of Country Gospel,” which is available for digital download (you can listen to it for free) by going to as well as on CD at area businesses.

This weekend’s “Hootenanny,” along with the band’s various gigs, are all used to raise funds for turning the old Mahtowa School into a community center and concert venue.

The music schedule for this weekend’s “Mahtowa Hootenanny” includes:

Noon:  Nate Frazer

1 p.m.:  Gilbertson Brothers

2 p.m.:  Kraig Erickson

2:45 p.m.: Colleen Myhre

3:30 p.m.: Church of Restoration

4:30 p.m.:  Sonja and Big Country

5:30 p.m.:  Steve Turner

6:30 p.m.:  Holy Hootenanners

For more information, contact Jeff Gilbertson at 218-349-4584 or