BAND SHELL: Friday Night Shellabration

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Fort Dodge holds its annual outdoor celebration Shellabration Friday.

“Our goal is to do basically exciting performing and entertainment options for the greater Fort Dodge region,” says organizer Jim Reed.

The 1930’s era Fort Dodge bandshell in Oleson Park is fitted with a larger stage for Friday night’s headliner Foreigner.

Each year the non-profit Shellabration tries to land a big name artist for the show. 

They do that with lots of local volunteer labor to set up the stage and equipment.

This year choir members from Fort Dodge and St. Edmond’s high schools will join the band on stage. The choirs learn the song by listening to a CD and then help out the band.

Reed, says it’s one of the band’s favorite part of the show.

“Foreigner features high school choirs across the nation on their tour it’s one of their pet projects something near and dear to their heart…essentially they get local choirs to back them on one of their encore songs …a song called ‘I Wanna Know What Love Is.’”

Gates open at 5:30 for the first two local bands followed by Foreigner.

The event drew more than 5,000 people last year.