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Organizers are expecting 2,000 people Friday and Saturday for the second annual JakeStar Festival at the LaMoure County Memorial Park, two miles north of Grand Rapids, N.D.

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The family-oriented event was first held in August 2012 as a way to honor Jacob Shockman, an 8-year-old boy from LaMoure, N.D., who died in April 2012. Dan Shaw, the festival's event coordinator, said Jacob was well-liked in the LaMoure community. The Shockman family and the LaMoure community came together last year to establish JakeStar.org.

"They (the family and community) wanted to hold a unique event, to do a good community service event in Jacob's memory," Shaw said.

Last year's festival raised about $30,000 with the proceeds going to Make-A-Wish North Dakota, Family Voices of North Dakota, LaMoure County Parks and Recreation, the city of Edgeley Swimming Pool fund and other local causes.

Shaw said a goal for this year's event is to bring 2,000 people to the festival over its two-day period. The 2012 festival had a crowd of 1,200.

"We've sold some tickets so far," he said. "But, with this event our walk-up is huge, especially with the nice weather we're supposed to have over the weekend."

General admission is $30 and $75 for a VIP pass. Children 11 and younger are admitted free and the passes are good for both days of the festival.

The festival is offering camping at the festival as well this year. Shaw said people must first buy a festival pass in order to purchase a camping pass. A primitive campsite pass is $100 and is good for one vehicle and four people at a campsite. A premium campsite pass is $500 and is good for one vehicle and up to six people at a campsite. The camping area opens at noon Friday and all campsites are first come, first serve.

The festival gate opens at 5 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. Saturday. Shaw said at 11 a.m. Friday a golf tournament is planned at Memorial Park Country Club near LaMoure.

"We're trying out camping this year to see how it goes," he said.

At 8 p.m. Friday the Johnny Holm Band takes the main stage at the auditorium. DJ Bob will perform at 6 p.m. and will host a dance party starting at 11 p.m.

At 8 a.m. Saturday is a 3-D archery shoot at the James River Sportsmans Club. From 11 a.m. through the rest of the day Saturday there are activities for children and families, with live music starting at 3:30 p.m. At 9:30 p.m. Saturday nationally-known country and western band Little Texas takes the stage.

"We have so much good stuff happening both days, there really is something for everyone this year," Shaw said.

Festival proceeds this year will go to Make-A-Wish North Dakota, Wounded Warrior North Dakota, and other state and local groups.

"The goal with the money we raise is improve children's lives locally and around North Dakota," he said.

Go to www.jakestar.org for tickets and more information on the festival.

Sun reporter Chris Olson can be reached at 701-952-8454 or by email at colson@jamestownsun.com

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