NEW ULM – Hundreds of people attended the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame fundraising dance on Saturday at Turner Hall.
MMHF volunteers said it was probably the most attended fundraising dance ever, with approximately 350 participants from across the Midwest.
This was MMHF’s first fundraising dance since 2019. The dance usually takes place in the winter, but was moved to the spring to avoid conflict with the weather.
The dance included performances from Nick Stadick and the Dutch from Dain, but the big draw was the Elmer Sheid Tribute Band. Sheid was a New Ulm native who was inducted into the International Polka Association in 2017.
He was widely regarded as one of the finest concertina players. He passed away in 2012, but his legend lives on through the Elmer Sheid Tribute band.
MMHF Treasurer Dodie Wendinger said guests, upon arriving at the dance and hearing the tribute band, said it sounded like Elmer Sheid was back.
New Prague resident Dennis Sticha attended the dance and said the tribute band were almost duplicates of Sheid. He had seen Scheid perform live in the 1970s and was immediately drawn back to the area upon hearing the tribute band.
MMHF executive director Bonnie Ubl said the fundraiser would help defray the cost of replacing the venue’s audio system.
Anyone wishing to donate to the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame can send cash or checks to MMHF PO Box 1, New Ulm, MN 56073.