Stock show music man

Dana Fagerhaug has come to the Black Hills Stock Show for 16 years to sell CDs of country music performed by his uncle and cousin.

Kyle Evans was a famous country crooner from Wessington Springs, S.D., until he died tragically in 2001 when his motorcycle struck a deer.

Now, Kyle's son Dustin has taken up the musical mantle, and creates his own brand of country songs.

The songs of both father and son are on more than two dozen CDs that are on sale at a booth in the Cinch Trade Show in the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center during the Black Hills Stock Show this week.

The man selling the CDs is Kyle's nephew, and Dustin's cousin, and he has a secret about the two musicians.

"Their last name is actually Fagerhaug," said Dana Fagerhaug, who is manning the sales booth where the Evans' music plays softly in the background. "Kyle didn't think Fagerhaug would work as a stage name."

Point well taken.

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Fagerhaug is using his own real last name during his time at the stock show, which he describes as his vacation (he's in his 16th year pitching the music of Kyle and Dustin.)

Fagerhaug, who said his name means "pretty hill" in Norwegian, spends most of his days as a farmer/rancher who raises corn and soybeans to feed his 200 head of cattle and roughly 320 sheep on his ranch near Wessington Springs.

While in Rapid City, he stays at the Ramada Inn on North Lacrosse Street. His typical day: He sells CDs, returns to his hotel and gets a bite to eat, then crosses the street for a couple cold ones and some good conversation at Cheers Lounge.

"It's fun, I really enjoy it," he said of his visits to the big city.

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