See the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Free at America’s River Festival

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We are proud to be a title sponsor of this year’s America’s River Festival, sponsoring ThaAmerica's River Festivalnk You Thursday — a FREE night of admission for all! See Brandon Lay and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band for free on Thursday, June 8 in the Port of Dubuque!

The doors open at 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 8. Brandon Lay will perform 7-8 p.m., followed by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band 8:30-10 p.m.

Lay, a Tennessee native, has toured with country acts like Old Dominion, Eli Young Band,Brandon-Lay Brantley Gilbert, Jake Owen, and more. He wrote “Home Game” for Cole Swindell, and was awarded the Harold Adamson Lyric Award from the ASCAP Foundation Awards. His songs include: “All That Love,” “Never Look Back Town,” and  “Need Me to Be.”

The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, made of Jeff Hanna, Jimmie Fadden, Bob Carpenter,  and John McEuen, is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. The band has many multi-platinum and gold records, as well has top ten hits like “Fishin’ In The Dark,” “Mr. Bojangles,” and more. They have multiple Grammy, IBMA, and CMA Awards and nominations.

Other performers during America’s River Festival weekend include Old Dominion, Styx, Zero 2 Sixty, Tucker Beathard, William Michael Morgan, Little River Band, and The Guess Who.

For a schedule, tickets, and more information, visit:

The Dubuque-WI High School Rodeo Returns May 20-21!


The 14th annual Dubuque-Wisconsin High School Rodeo competition will be May 20-21 at the Dubuque County Fair Grounds/Tri-State Equine Park.

Runde Auto Group is a proud sponsor of the free pony rides prior to each rodeo!

“One thing that is really wonderful about this event is that it brings something different to the community that families and people of any age can enjoy,” said Heidi Gansen, a member of the event committee. “There are so many different events within the rodeo, activities for the kids before and during, and a delicious food stand on site! Best of all, we are keeping alive an over 100-year American tradition with the sport of rodeo; which is based on sportsmanship, dedication, teamwork, family and respect.”

You can get $5 advance tickets at Longhorn Saddlery in Dubuque and at Theisen’s stores in Dubuque, Dyersville, and Maquoketa. Admission at the gate is $8 for adults, $5 for ages 7 to 17, and free for children 6 years old and younger.

A weekend pass is $15. The event is held rain or shine.

The rodeo is sanctioned by the Wisconsin High School Rodeo Association.
Events include:

  • Barrel Racing
  • Pole Bending
  • Breakaway Roping
  • Goat Tying
  • Calf Roping
  • Team Roping
  • Steer Wrestling
  • Boys Cutting
  • Saddle broncs
  • Bareback broncs
  • Bull Riding
  • Girls Cutting
  • Trap Shooting
  • Light Rifle
  • Ribbon Roping
  • Working Cow Horse

The schedule:

Friday, May 19

  • 3 p.m.: Shooting Events, Izaak Walton Club, grades 6th through 12th
  • 7 p.m.: Team Roping, Open Jackpot
  • 7 p.m.: Barrel Racing, Open Jackpot

Saturday, May 20

  • 1 p.m.: Rodeo – Wisconsin High School and Junior High School Rodeo competition
  • 7 p.m.: Rodeo – Wisconsin High School and Junior High School Rodeo competition

Sunday, May 21

  • Noon: Rodeo – Wisconsin High School and Junior High School Rodeo competition

See you there!


Chrissy Hogue is Runde Chevrolet’s Newest Salesperson!

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We are pleased to welcome Chrissy Hogue to our sales team at Runde Chevrolet in East Dubuque!

Chrissy has 25 years of experience in customer service, including two years as an automotive salesperson.Run9

“I love what I do more than anything in the world,” Chrissy said. “There is nothing more invigorating than the customer and I knowing in that moment that we have definitely picked out the perfect vehicle for him or her.”

She is a big fan of sports cars, trucks, and Wranglers.

“I like big, bad automobiles,” she said. “They suit my idea of what I would have been when I grew up.”

If you think Chrissy looks familiar, it may be because you’ve seen her on TV or on stage.

She appeared in various shows Off-Off Broadway NYC, in a film by Woody Allen, and played a guest rolRun11e on “Boss.” Locally, she starred in a Fly DBQ commercial, helped found the Julien Dubuque International Film Festival,  and is an active volunteering member for organizations in the tri-states.

“My sister and I produced a benefit production of The Vagina Monologues that raised $30,000 in two nights for The Riverview Center,” she said.

In her one-woman show, “The Stupid Economy,” she played seven characters. It was written for her by playwright Robert Lynn. Check it out here.

Chrissy is from New York City, so many of her family members are out of state. But her Run12sister, niece, and nephew live here, along with her daughter Angelina and her son Mitchell. She lives in Dubuque with her significant other Anthony and their puppy Taylor Mae.

She is looking forward to making the vehicle shopping process easy and enjoyable for you.

“Ask questions and have fun,” she said. “The numbers work themselves out. If they don’t, it gives us a solid platform from which to launch the best strategy for you.”

You can email Chrissy at or call her at 866-735-5200.