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PARKER, S.D. (AP) — Country music stars are playing a benefit concert in conjunction with a youth pheasant hunt in South Dakota to raise money for those less fortunate.

The Yankton Press & Dakotan reports that Turner County Sheriff Byron Nogelmeier began the hunt 13 years ago to promote the sport among young people. Along the way, country stars learned of the effort and wanted to support it. Artists then offered to play a benefit concert in conjunction with the hunt.

Nogelmeier says the concerts have raised thousands of dollars for recipients ranging from elderly residents on fixed incomes to young families struggling with bills.

The concert and hunt combination has taken place for 10 years. This year’s concert features Jimmy Fortune, a former member of the Statler Brothers who will perform Oct. 29.


Information from: Yankton Press and Dakotan,