Dean Holmen was the winner of the 2021 Main Street Awards, Community/Nonprofit Event/Organization on September 30, 2021. He has won this the second year in a row! Their readers have recognized you as one of the best non-profit businesses in the Donelson-Hermitage community area. Main Street-Nashville Congratulations Dean Holmen

Dean Holmen receiving the Josie American Celebration Patriot Award

Dean Holmen receiving  a quilt and a plaque from Quilts of Valor! Congratulations Dean Holmen, you definitely deserve it! Thank you for your service for your country!!

Dean Holmen, ceo of the Music City Hayride Show was presented the “Humanitarian Award” from the Music City Hayride Show and the Appreciation plaque by Deborah Ferris with the Music and Memory Foundation! (2018)

Oct. 2018, Dean Holmen was presented by Deborah Ferris, an appreciation plaque for his contributions to the Music and Memory Foundation!  Congratulations Dean!!

On October 23, 2018, Dean Holmen was honored with the “Humanitarian Award” from the Music City Hayride Team! Dean Holmen is the ceo of the Music City Hayride Show!  Congratulations goes out to Dean for his giving and caring heart!

Congratulations! Dean Holmen is the recipient of the LOZ “Humanitarian” Music Award. Thank you Jon Scharphorn and the LOZ Radio Show from Missouri! May 5, 2018

On September 17th 2017, Dean Holmen from Madison, Wisconsin received the “Humanitarian of the Year” award for his work with The Music City Hayride, a nonprofit Country Music show that benefits charities such as Music & Memories, Honor & Valor and Operation Stand Down (TN). “This is a wonderful award and an honor to receive,” states Holmen, President of Music City Hayride. “Knowing that The Josie Awards is the largest awards show, that features independent artists from around the world proves that The Music City Hayride is in fact, making a difference. The awards show took place at the Nissan Stadium and is the home of The Tennessee Titans.

Holmen worked as an ironworker from 1988 until his retirement in 2014, when he started The Music City Hayride as a way to help different charities. This has been a lifelong passion and to be able to make this a reality still feels like a dream. “To see the faces of everyone we are able to assist throughout the year is the best feeling in the world. Throughout the last two years, we have been able to help with not only Music & Memory, Honor & Valor and Operation Stand Down (TN), we have been able to assist with donations to Gatlinburg, Tn during the catastrophic fires that brought the city to its knees. In 2018, The Music City Hayride will also help fund Country For A Cause, another nonprofit organization who assists helping families throughout the year who are struggling with financial hardships from medical situations.

“There is always a need for more help when running a charity show,” states Holmen, while describing the obsticles faced running this show. “Between the venue, band and other logistics, “ we have had our struggles, but our group is hardwoking, people who move forward.” We rely on donations and sponsors and anyone can go to to make a one time, or reoccurring donation to support The Music City Hayride. “We are 501c3 and every donation is tax deductable. If you are a contractor, you can sponsor a show or shows as well by contacting

Dean Holmen C.E.O. Music City Hayride Inc.

Dean Holmen

P.O.Box 19

Madison Tn. 37116