Cast of Rogers & Hammerstein Musical Announced

Rogers & Hammerstein’s State Fair will take the stage as the 2023 Schmeckfest musical under the direction of Kris Carlson. Performances will take place on March 23, 24 and 25, with the following cast members in place:

Abel Frake – Peter Tuff

Margy Frake – Ashley Fink

Melissa Frake – Sonja Waltner

Wayne Frake – Josh Hofer

Eleanor – Lynnelle Yoder Hofer

Harry – Kenny Birkey

Dave Miller – Charles Fink

The Fair Announcer – Brad Carlson

The Hoop-La Barker – Jeremy Waltner

Emily Arden – Ashley McCue

Vivian – Estelle Waltner

Jeanne – Angelynn Allison

Pat Gilbert – Brennan Waltner

Charlie – Austin VanDiepen

Lem – Dan Graber

Clay – Nick Schrag

Hank Munson – Colin Waltner

The Chief of Police – Monte Waltner

Violet – Margaret Reimler

The Fairtones – Estelle Waltner, Angelyn Allison, Sonora Myers, Bailey Carlson, Maddie Anderson

Judge Heppenstahl – Seth Loofborrow

Mrs. Edwin Metcalf of Pottsville – Lois Wollman

After a lapse of three years due to COVID, Schmeckfest organizers, as well as the entire community, are pleased to bring back a staged musical. Reserved tickets for all three performances will available online at

The traditional Schmeckfest meal comprised of German foods will be served on Friday, March 24, and Saturday, March 25. Advance tickets are required for the meal; orders for those tickets may be placed online, as well.

With over 60 years since its start, Schmeckfest is one of South Dakota’s longest running

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