Finding Inspiration in Siouxland, Le Mars

29 Nov

Late summer I attended the 41st Annual National Old Time Music Festival held in Le Mars, Iowa. It’s a nice event and fun to see and hear various musicians performing and just jamming together. Two performers I came across took me by surprise. The two women, Elaine Peacock and Isabel Trobaugh, are residents of Elk Point, SD, only a few miles from Le Mars.

Isabel Trobaugh performs at the National Traditional Old Time Music Association's music festival at the Plymouth County Fairgrounds in Le Mars, Iowa, August 31, 2016. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Isabel Trobaugh performs at the National Traditional Old Time Music Association’s music festival at the Plymouth County Fairgrounds in Le Mars, Iowa, August 31, 2016. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Elaine Peacock performs at the National Traditional Old Time Music Association's music festival at the Plymouth County Fairgrounds in Le Mars, Iowa, August 31, 2016. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Elaine Peacock performs at the National Traditional Old Time Music Association’s music festival at the Plymouth County Fairgrounds in Le Mars, Iowa, August 31, 2016. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

The surprising aspect of meeting them is hearing that they are living out their dream of performing music.

Often people find inspiration from their teachers, parents, coaches, celebrities, military, police and fire personnel, and even politicians. A national politician who made the rounds during the Iowa caucus season in 2015 said his hero and inspiration came from a person name Cordell Walker, Texas Ranger. A fictitious character created and portrayed by actor Chuck Norris, who during one of the episodes told his partner Trivette that one should never believe what politicians say. Surprising with so many real heroes and people who can inspire. These two women live in the area and are known in some places better than others and are real inspirations because they are fulfilling dreams that mean something to them and gives testament to the fact that it is never too late, and one is never too old to follow your heart and succeed in something you believe in.

 

 

 

 

 

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