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The Fireballs featuring Jimmy Gilmer & George Tomsco perform in front of a packed house Saturday during the final night of the Winter Dance Party at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake.

CHRIS ZOELLER, The Globe Gazette

The 2017 Winter Dance Party — a tribute to rock 'n' roll legends Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson — kept North Iowa rocking for several days in February.

The lineup at Clear Lake's Surf Ballroom included a Tommy Allsup Tribute featuring Austin Allsup, a traditional sock hop with The Whitesidewalls, Orbison & The Everly Brothers Reimagined, The Del Shannon Show starring James Popenhagen and the Tailfins. Saturday's headliner was the legendary rock ‘n' roller Johnny Rivers, and The Killer Vees closed the weekend with a tribute to Bobby Vee.

Tickets for the 2018 Winter Dance Party are on sale at www.surfballroom.com or by calling the Surf’s box office at 641-357-6151. Johnny Rogers: History of Rock and Roll returns for the kick-off event, the Family Sock Hop on Wednesday, Jan. 31.

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