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Dana Tattersoll Family Centre Programmer and Sarah McDonald BILL MITCHELL
Summer Programmer playing on the tumble mats at the FCSS Centre. NEW TRUCK SALES
photo Deanna Mitchener NORTH

Carrot Creek’s Harry Rusk to Western Star Trucks (North) Ltd.

receive ‘Living Legend’ Award 26124 TWP Road 531A
Acheson, AB T7X 5A1
submitted The organization responsible for
the Living Legend Award, the
Harry Rusk, who makes his home National Traditional Country Music
in Carrot Creek, has made the trek Association, has been in existence
to the National Old Time Music since 1976. This is their 42nd year
Festival in LeMars, Iowa, USA, recognizing deserving individuals Toll Free 1-800-252-7500
before. They inducted him into and groups that have continued the Phone: 780-453-3452 Cell: 780-984-2224
America's Old Time Country Music tradition of old-time and traditional
Hall of Fame, and they awarded him country music, no matter where they
their "Lifetime Achievement" award may be located.
in 2015. The NTCMA created a festival of
There's only one award that Harry old-time music in 1976, called
Rusk has not received from this simply the "National Old Time
organization. Their "Living Music Festival." From small
Legend" award. To get this requires beginnings, today it is an event that
some special achievements and lasts seven days, has ten stages to
accomplishments. Harry Rusk sure accommodate the more than 500 Photo Copies
does live up to those expectations. artists and performers that come
In the first half of the 20th from around the world, running
Century, death stalked the land from 9am to 11pm for seven days.
B&W and Colour
around Alberta. In some of It is acoustic in nature, meaning no
Canada's Native communities 60 or electric guitars, drums, or any kind B&W and Colour
70 percent of the population was of loud amplified music that drowns
victimized by the dreaded disease, out a milder, older, and certainly a
tuberculosis. Rusk himself was more down-home style of
hospitalized when he was 11, and entertainment. It's a celebration of Colour
stayed in a hospital for four years. America's rural music heritage.
There, Harry had the pleasure of Dates this year are August 28-
meeting Hank Snow. They became September 3, and is located at the
good friends, Snow telling Rusk to Plymouth County Fairgrounds in as low as
be sure and send him a copy of his LeMars, Iowa.
first recording. It wasn't much later Legends Awards are an annual
that Rusk found himself on the stage event at the festival, as is America's
of the Grand Ole Opry as a special Old Time Country Music Hall of 49 cents....
guest of Hank. Fame who make their annual
While "Rose of Mexico" became inductions during this event, and the
Rusk's first hit record, took him on a Rural Roots Music Commission
whirlwind tour all over Europe, and who make their "CD of the Year" ask for details!
anywhere else they wanted to hear awards.
his music. He continued
to record, continued to
travel, but felt an
emptiness in his life. EDSON At
He turned to Jesus
Christ for the answers,
and became a minister FARMERS’
and a gospel music
singer. He and his wife MARKET The Weekly Anchor
have eight children, and
reside on an acreage in
Special Market
the Rocky Mountain Special Market
foothills of west-central 5040 3 Ave., Edson
Alberta. Much like his
hero Hank Snow, Harry Friday, August 18, 2017
Rusk has become a kind
of 'legend' to those in Appreciation Day 780-723-5787
Canada, and around the
world that love his
music and his message. Cake, Door Prizes!
That makes him a
'living' legend in the 10:30 am - 2 pm
eyes and ears of the
NTCMA. Edson Friendship Centre
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