Mike Reade', President
Center of the Nation Concert Association
(605) 892-5599

            Gary Fladmoe, Vice-President          
Center of the Nation Concert Association
   Patty Moe, Secretary
Center of the Nation Concert Association
(605) 641-2287

Treasurer (Vacant)

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A Bit of History

The Center of the Nation Concert Association is a private, non-profit organization located in Belle Fourche, South Dakota.   It was established in 1992 by a group of citizens  who saw an opportunity for expanded cultural and entertainment performances for area resident.  The first president of the group was B.G. Arbuckle.  Other charter Board members were Floy Washburn, vice president; Connie Skinner, treasurer; Phyllis Eixenberger, secretary; and Lydia Stumpf, fund chairman.

Current officers and board members include:  Mike Reade' (President), Gary Fladmoe (Vice-President), Patty Moe (Secretary), (Treasurer/Vacant), Shirley Aman,  Michelle Deyo-Amende (Ex-Officio), Betty Helmer, Connie Husband, Joan Jewett, Margaret Logan, Norma Peterson, Joann Simons, Mary Ellen Warren.

Allied Concert Services of Plymouth, Minnesota, was commissioned as booking agent and has continued in that role for nearly 20 years.    During the first year, 600 tickets were sold. Prices were $20 for adults, $50 for families, and $10 for students. Four programs were offered that year:  The Duttons, Talisman, Tom Pin, and Welcome Manhattan.

The venue for the series has always been the Belle Fourche Area Community Center auditorium.  While the City of Belle Fourche donated use of the auditorium for the first two years, the concert association now pays standard rental fees.

In the first year, the series netted about $300, with ticket sales and contributions of about $12,500 and expenses of $12,200.  In 2009-10 the association ended the year with just $519 over expenses.  Beginning with the 1996-97 season, five programs have been scheduled each year.

Only season tickets are sold for concerts.  They go on sale August 23rd.  For the 2017-18 season, ticket prices remain:  Adults-$40; Families-$90; Students-$25.  Audiences for the series come from all across the Tri-State region.

In addition to ticket sales, the concert series relies on donations by individuals and businesses, co-sponsors for each program, and grants from area businesses.

Thank you!