Larry Klipp, President
Center of the Nation Concert Association
(605) 994-5224

            Gary Fladmoe, Vice-President          
Center of the Nation Concert Association
(605) 568-0179
   Mary Wendt, Secretary
Center of the Nation Concert Association
(605) 892-3115

Treasurer, Norma Peterson
Center of the Nation Concert Association
(307) 283-2739

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:  Larry Klipp (President), Gary Fladmoe (Vice-President), Patty Moe (Secretary), Norma Peterson (Treasurer), Shirley Aman,  Nancy Cole, Michelle DeYoe-Amende, Betty Helmer, Connie Husband, Joan Jewett, Mary Kennon, Lorraine Klingler, Wayne Lindstad, Margaret Logan, Mike Reade', Joann Simons, and 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.

Since the 1996-97 season, five programs have been scheduled each year.

Only season tickets are sold for concerts.  They routinely go on sale in late August.  For the 2019-2020 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!