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Anderson family to host free concert

The Bellamy Brothers, the world-renowned country music duo, are performing at the first-ever Anderson Bash July 27 in Alexandria. (Contributed) 1 / 4
Hoffman/Kensington siblings (from left) Scott Anderson, Tammy Young and Joey Anderson are hosting the first-ever Anderson Bash, an outdoor music festival, Friday, July 27, at their property in Alexandria. (Celeste Edenloff / Echo Press) 2 / 4
Megan Gertken from Albany (left) and Shelby Dressel from Florida make up the county music duo, Dairy Daughters. (Contributed) 3 / 4
The Shane Martin Band (Martin, of Albertville, is wearing the hat) will be performing at the Anderson Bash on Friday, July 27. (Contributed) 4 / 4

Joey and Scott Anderson, along with their sister, Tammy Young, want to give back to the community — in a big way.

A little over a year ago, they purchased a 140-acre piece of property along County Road 45 in southwest Alexandria that includes a lake known to many as Lake Bountiful. The property, originally owned by Adolph Wagner, was purchased by the Anderson family from Tastefully Simple.

On Friday, July 27, the siblings will use a little more than 20 of their acres to host the first-ever Anderson Bash. The event is a free, family-friendly music festival featuring the world-renowned country music duo, the Bellamy Brothers. Two other groups will also perform, Dairy Daughters and the Shane Martin Band.

With it being a first-time event, there's no telling just how many people will attend. However, the brothers are hoping it's in the thousands. Scott said they'd be happy with 3,000.

The two brothers own several area businesses — some jointly, some separately — Northland Seeds, Anderson Family Farms, Squeeky Clean Car Wash, Alex Bearing and Farm Supply, Hooked on Ponics and Midwest Grain Systems.

The Anderson Bash, according to Scott and Joey, is a result of wanting to thank all of their loyal customers as well as the entire community.

The portion of the event open to the public (there are events earlier in the day only open to their clients/customers) will begin at 6 p.m. and will run until midnight. A cash bar, run by Fat Daddy's Bar and Grill, will be on site, as well as food trucks from Angelina's, Green Canteen, La Ferme and Scoop and Grind. And there will be plenty of free kids' activities.

Why host the event?

Scott and Joey said they have been tossing around the idea for a couple of years. Once they acquired the property and attended a similar event, they decided to set a date for their own music festival event.

Both brothers were FFA members and chapter presidents while in high school and the three siblings grew up on a farm, which is why they wanted to keep the event ag-related. Because of their roots in FFA and how important they feel it is for students, they decided to also make their event a fundraiser for the FFA chapter they were a part of. Although the event is technically free to attend, free-will offerings will be accepted.

Funds from a live auction taking place during the bash will benefit the West Central Area Chapter of FFA to help pay for a student trip to Africa next year, according to the brothers.

"We just want people to come out, enjoy the show and have a good time," Scott said.

"We have such a beautiful property, it would be such a shame not to share it," Joey added. "People truly can show up without their wallets if they want to. This is for the community to come and enjoy our property."

Who's playing?

• DAIRY DAUGHTERS — 6:30 to 7:15 p.m.

Raised on dairy farms and country music, Shelby Dressel and Megan Gertken formed the country duo, the Dairy Daughters. According to their Facebook page, the two singers met in Nashville while hanging out at Tootsie's Orchid Lounge.

Dressel was a Top 40s finalist from season 9 of "American Idol," which led to a performance on the afternoon talk show, "Ellen."

Gertken, who is from Albany, has performed in the renowned Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, and across the U.S., Canada and Europe during the 2013 "America's Got Talent" tour.

The duo blends a sound of harmony, acoustic strings and warm fiddle, inspired by the vocal sound of Patty Loveless and classic melodies of George Strait.

• LIVE AUCTION WITH BROOKE GILLESPIE — 7:30 to 8 p.m.

Brooke Gillespie is a second-generation auctioneer from Graceville. She graduated from the World Wide College of Auctioneering in 2014 at the age of 14. Since then, she has had the privilege of working with the Steffes Group Inc., as well as conduct benefit and fundraising auctions around Minnesota and North Dakota.

Gillespie is currently a marketing student at North Dakota State University in Fargo and hopes to use her marketing knowledge in the auction business after graduation.

In 2016, she was named the Minnesota and Iowa Rookie Champion Auctioneer and the International Junior Auctioneer Champion. In 2018, she placed in the Top 10 in the Minnesota State Auctioneer Championship.

• BELLAMY BROTHERS — 8 to 9:30 p.m.

The journey that Howard and David Bellamy took to fame has been as unique as their music.

According to the band's website, the road that started on the pop music charts in the 1970s took a winding turn into country music in the '80s. The brothers' first official gig was in 1968, playing a free show with their father in San Antonio, Florida.

Their break came from the hit, "Spiders and Snakes," written by David Bellamy and recorded by Jim Stafford. The song became a smash, eventually selling more than 3 million units worldwide, according to the website.

The Bellamys officially lifted off in 1976 when their single, "Let Your Love Flow," became an instant hit in both the U.S. and Europe. By the late 1970s, the duo emerged on the country charts with another hit, "If I Said You Had a Beautiful Body (Would You Hold it Against Me)," which was originally scrawled on a dinner napkin by David.

In the 2000s, the Bellamy Brothers hold the record in both the Academy of Country Music and the Country Music Association Awards for the most duo nominations, according to their website. Numerous Grammy nods have also been directed toward the brothers.

When not touring, they head to their 150-acre family ranch in Darby, Florida, just north of Tampa. A working ranch, the spread consists of cattle and quarter horses.

• SHANE MARTIN BAND — 10 p.m. to midnight

The Shane Martin Band is a modern country rock group that has shared the stage with numerous national country acts. According to the group's Facebook page, the group plays a mix of original songs and memorable covers.

For several years, Martin has performed more than 150 shows per year around the Midwest, as a solo artist and with his full band. He grew up in Albertville, and commutes to Nashville co-writing and performing songwriter's nights in between his performing schedule.

If you go

WHAT: First-ever Anderson Bash

WHEN: Friday, July 27, starting at 6 p.m.

WHERE: the Anderson property, 2350 County Road 45 SW, Alexandria

INFO: A complimentary shuttle from Hampton Inn and Holiday Inn to the event will be provided throughout the evening. Attendees are asked to bring their own lawn chairs and/or blankets, as it is an outdoor concert. More information can be found on the Anderson Bash event page on Facebook.

Celeste Edenloff

Celeste is a reporter for the Alexandria Echo Press and has lived in the Alexandria Lakes Area since 1997. She first worked for the Echo Press as a reporter from 1999 to 2011, and returned in June 2016 to report on the community she calls home. Besides writing articles for the Echo Press, she has a blog, “Newspaper Girl on the Run.” Celeste is on a continuous healthy living journey and loves to teach bootcamp fitness classes and run. She has participated in more than 200 races with her husband, Al, covering the 5K, 10K, 10-mile and half-marathon (13.1 mile) distances.

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