Hi! Hope everyone is enjoying their summer, can’t believe it’s almost over!!  Just wanted to share a quick post from one of the fun activities I took in that is a staple here in Alberta.

Every August long weekend thousand of country music fans descend on Camrose, Alberta. Why? The Big Valley Jamboree of course! One of the premier country music festivals in North America. Every year it attracts people from all over for the fun festival atmosphere and the great tunes. Camrose is located about an hour south east of Edmonton. It’s cute little city – all that rural Alberta charm but with the proper amenities. I hadn’t been there for a couple years and I really couldn’t believe how much it had ‘grown up’. The festival site is located just outside the city centre.

Back to the Jamboree, it really is just one big party. You can camp down at the festival site, there are a variety of options of this as well including VIP camping and an area just for tents. There are also spots to park if you just go for the day like I did. There is so much to do on site – other than listen to music. There is a shopping area, activities for the kids, food vendors and of course beer gardens. We spent the day walking around and meeting up with other friends, spent a little time in the beer gardens listening to the earlier acts. There is music all afternoon so you really could sit in your lawn chair all day watching bands. If you want to sit close to the stage – be prepared to spend your moo-la and purchase early. For the rest of us – your favourite singer might look like a teenie, tiny ant on stage but there are plenty of big screens to watch from in the infield area. One of my favourite things? There is people of every age out there enjoying it. I saw everything from a baby sitting in a little tent to 80 year-old grandma’s getting their groove on. There is also a selection of music, one of the acts on stage we saw was Travis Tritt. Many of the ‘younger’ people in the audience didn’t know who he was but for us ‘older’ – by older I mean I’m in my late twenties which was old compared to a lot of people in the crowd at that point – we had a fun time singing along to his classics.

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I swear the guy in the red shirt is Luke Bryan!

The main event for Saturday night was Luke Bryan. He put on a great show and we danced all evening long. The last performance of the night is always topped off with a great fireworks display and then the mad rush to the beer gardens! There is another stage in the main beer gardens that features live music all night long as well – you might just catch the next big thing before they hit the big time!

If you are a country music fan, I urge you to check out the Big Valley Jamboree – they’ve already announced some of the great acts who will be performing next year and tickets go on sale next week. They sell out fast so if you’re thinking about going, you better get ready!

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Sun sets over a beautiful day at Big Valley

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