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Gearing up for fun

Hopfest returns to Brau Brothers this weekend

Independent file photo United Way of Southwest Minnesota will be hosting a beer dunk tank starting at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Hopfest. Participants will include local clergy along with Marshall city administrator Sharon Hanson, EDA director Tara Onken, and Shelby Otto of United Way of Southwest Minnesota.

MARSHALL — The music, fun, and of course the beer will be back in the spotlight this weekend as Hopfest 2019 kicks off at the Brau Brothers Brewery in Marshall.

This year’s event kicks off Friday, and the live music lineup includes Minnesota musicians with variety of styles, as well as a local favorite — singer/songwriter Kayla Daniels.

Daniels will be returning to lead off the Hopfest performances starting Friday at 6 p.m., followed by the “high energy” live show of PopROCKS. PopROCKS performs a mix of current and retro party hits, along with lots of costume changes, Brau Brothers said on Facebook.

The music will continue Saturday with even more variety. The schedule includes Minnesota artists like Fathom Lane, country rock band Maiden Dixie, pop group Yam Haus, and blues and folk musician Tate McLane.

According to McLane’s bio, “Tate has been playing his own brand of soulful American roots in the bars, coffee shops and street corners of the upper Midwest as long as he’s known how.” McLane will kick off the music on Saturday starting at noon.

Another of Saturday’s performances, by Fathom Lane, will be also be bringing some variety to the lineup.

“Over the span of three critically acclaimed full length albums (2017’s “Asilomar,” 2013’s “Fathom Lane” and 2012’s “Down By Half“) Fathom lane has been getting international attention for their wonderfully indefinable sound,” the band’s website said.

There will be all-ages fun at Hopfest as well. A bean bag tournament starts at 1 p.m. Saturday, and area residents can also take a shot at dunking some special guests to benefit the United Way.

United Way of Southwest Minnesota will be hosting a beer dunk tank starting at 1:30 p.m. Saturday. The participants will include local clergy like pastors Lyle Snyder, Scott Fuller and Anne Veldhuisen, as well as Marshall city administrator Sharon Hanson, EDA director Tara Onken, and Shelby Otto of United Way of Southwest Minnesota. Organizers encourage people to come and dunk some of their favorite participants for a good cause.

The dunk tank schedule is:

1:30-2 p.m. — The Rev. Lyle Snyder, St. Stephen Lutheran Church

2-2:30 p.m. — The Rev. Scott Fuller, First Lutheran Church

2:30-3 p.m. — Sharon Hanson, Marshall city administrator

3-3:30 p.m. — Shelby Otto, United Way of Southwest Minnesota

3:30-4 p.m. — The Rev. Anne Veldhuisen, Christ United Presbyterian Church

4-4:30 p.m. — Tara Onken, Marshall Economic Development Authority director

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