Star power is combining with gun powder to help those in need during the height of pheasant season in Turner County. A pair of events this weekend that will help put food on the table of struggling families.
The first event is Saturday: A Celebrity Pheasant Hunt with Turner County Youth. That's followed by a concert Sunday in Parker featuring county music performers Jim Ed Brown, Helen Cornelius and Jett Williams. Money raised for the concert will benefit the Turner County Ministerial Association as well as the county food pantries.
Ed Sanow and his 4-year-old son Ackley will be able to enjoy mac and cheese and other meals thanks to the donated supplies at the Turner County Food Pantry. Sanow is among the working poor in the county struggling to make ends meet.
"Minimum wage is $7.50 and you can't raise a family of four on $7.50, you just can't. So with this help, it makes it a little bit more easier," Sanow said.
Sunday's Stars of the Grand Old Opry concert will help make sure more Turner County families will be able to stock up on food at the pantries.
"With the cost of inflation, people just don't have enough to go around anymore," concert organizer Jim Kasten said.
The pantry at the Turner County Courthouse has added more shelves to meet the growing demand.
"We've seen a variety of people that are down on their luck, maybe have lost a job or for health reasons. There's just all different things. They hate to come in and have to do it, but you need to eat," food pantry volunteer Esther Hammond said.
Many people think of hunger as a big-city problem. But it affects smaller communities as well.
"It's everywhere. It don't matter where you're at there's always somebody that needs help. You just don't know everybody's situation until you actually meet them, and coming here you do, you meet a lot of them," Sanow said.
But grateful families like the Sanows know there's a place to turn to, made possible by the generosity of their Turner County neighbors who don't want them going hungry during hard times.
"It says it's community-driven, that South Dakota is here to help their people, I mean they're here to help. South Dakota is a great place, great place," Sanow said.
The country/gospel concert is 2 p.m. Sunday at the Parker High School Gym. Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for students, free for kids 5 and under.
Tickets are available at:
Merchants State Bank in Hurley, Viborg & Freeman
Jim's Farm & Sporting Supply in Parker
Jones' Food Center in Parker
Turner Co. Sheriff's Dept. in Parker
Security State Bank in Chancellor
Getskow Pharmacy in Marion
The Diamond Room in Sioux Falls