Need a place to hang your hat on Valentine's Day? Well boy howdy, round up the sweetie or find yourself a babysitter and head down for the most romantic jug-band battle you ever did see, with 20—count 'em, 20—bands playing their darnedest to out-pluck their neighbors and kinfolk, all done up in Sunday best. This is the oldest, grandest such event in the Union and even sprung an offshoot yonder Chicago way. It's a good old throw-down hoedown, ladies and gents. And while it's free of charge, don't forget to bring along a hot dish, because it takes spit and sweat and gumption to play that upside-down washtub upright bass and blow that crazy old kazoo. These folks will stomp and clomp and bebomp to high heaven vying for that priceless Holliwood waffle iron. (The iron's of the traveling variety, you hear, and gets passed to the winner each year.) If you miss this, you'll be a laughing stock from here to Cass County. All ages. Free; donations accepted.
Sun., Feb. 14, noon, 2010