Crystal Bowersox

MASON CITY | The North Iowa Fair is bringing back live music with the 2017 Small Stage Music Festival Thursday through Saturday.

Special guest Crystal Bowersox brings her national tour to the North Iowa Events Center to kick off the weekend of music and fun for free at the Olson Building. Friday and Saturday bring local talent to the stage including groups from Clear Lake and Mason City.

“Small Stage Music Festival is an event where being who you are and doing what you love always shines,” North Iowa Events Center General Manager Jason Baumann said in a press release. “Humble beginnings, powerful voices and incredible spirit can each lead to tremendous success ... this festival reminds us all that our biggest dreams often take root in the tiniest places.”

Bowersox is a northwest Ohio native and Nashville resident, singer/songwriter. She began performing at 10-years-old and released her latest CD, "Alive," recorded at the Kitchen Sink Studio in Santa Fe in June this year.

Bowersox has collaborated with the late Joe Cocker and BB King, Alanis Morrisette, Jakob Dylan, John Popper, Melissa Etheridge and many more over the years

The Mockingbirds featuring Rich Mock, Tina Mock and Nate Benzing are based in Clear Lake. The group will perform a  variety of genres Friday evening including 50s-90s music, rock 'n' roll, rockabilly, honkytonk and rhythm and blues.

Light45, original rock band from Rochester, will also take the stage Friday. Mason City’s BJ Huffman, a songwriter and performer, will follow Light45 Friday night to close.

Mitch Goudy of Des Moines, Maddie Poppe of Clarksville, Elizabeth Moen of Cedar Rapids and Hawk McIntyre of Boone will also perform at the Small Stage Saturday.

The fair also includes free carnival rides, $20 helicopter rides, Game On Iowa! Video Gaming Theater, North Iowa Youth Center inflatables, food, vendors and more.

North Iowa Fair, Alpha Media, Holiday Inn Express & Suites, McGregor's Furniture, Covered Occasions and Visit Mason City are sponsoring the event so each concert is free to the public.

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