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Two Watertown treasures are coming together for a memorable musical event on Saturday, December 3.

Joy Ranch, the nonprofit facility near Lake Kampaska devoted to helping challenged people, is hosting a special Christmas concert featuring legendary Country music icon, Watertown’s own Sherwin Linton.

Linton, who performs with his wife Pam and his band, The Cotton Kings, has been entertaining fans for more than 60 years in the Midwest and across the nation.

He will bring his popular Christmas show to Joy Ranch on Saturday, Dec. 3, at 3 p.m. The show is a fundraiser for Joy Ranch, which recently reverted back to local ownership after being run by Lutherans Outdoors for several years.

Linton’s Christmas show, this year titled “Christmas Time’s a-Coming” has been spreading the holiday spirit for decades.

This year’s show will feature some special guests, including 13-year-old guitar wizard Beckett Olson Moffitt of Sioux Falls and 10-year-old yodeler Eden Judyth Barkmeier of Aberdeen. Also performing will be Delaney Johnston of Deadwood.

Johnston, now 19, began performing with Linton as an 8-year-old and was inducted into the South Dakota Country Music Hall of Fame in 2019.

Most of the show, however, will be classic Sherwin Linton Christmas music.

Joy Nelson, owner and founder of Joy Ranch, has known Linton for many years.. He performed at the ranch for South Dakota’s 125 anniversary in 2014 and appreciates what the ranch stands for.

Proceeds for the Christmas show will enable Joy Ranch to expand its services after taking back ownership from Lutherans Outdoors.

Linton says he is looking forward to coming back to Watertown.

Tickets for the show, which will be held Joy Ranch’s large dining all, are $30. Beer and wine will be available for sale before and during the show. For tickets, call Joy Ranch at 605-886-4622.