Eckville Residents Donna and Larry perform on stage at the Jamboree.

Eckville Residents Donna and Larry perform on stage at the Jamboree.

A beautiful weekend full of music and dancing

The Eckville Jamboree had musicians from across Central Alberta to entertain locals

Recently, Eckville was full of live music and dancing as the Eckville Jamboree took over the town.

From Aug. 26-28 performers, musicians, dancers and onlookers flooded to the Town of Eckville to partake in the annual Dance Jamboree. The event brings in the best country music musicians from around Central Alberta.

Event organizer Lloyd Greenough said the three-day event went over really well and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves and the music.

“I think it went over really well,” he said. “We had a great weekend and the weather couldn’t have been better.”

The event drew in a good sized crowd, with roughly 400 people in attendance over the weekend.

This year’s event stayed roughly the same as last year’s which Greenough said also had around 400 attendees.

This was the 16th year for the Eckville Jamboree, and to celebrate there was two great bands performing over the weekend.

Steve Potter’s “Black Velvet” played Friday night and Jerry Goertzen’s “Country Gems” played Saturday night to the cheers of the crowds.

There was musicians from across Central Alberta and there was even one from the United States who perofrmed over the weekend.

“Everyone I spoke to over the weekend seemed to be delighted about the event,” said Greenough.

With the success of this year’s event, taking place from Aug. 11-13, Greenough doesn’t expect any changes to be made for next year’s event.

He says they’ve got a grove that works and doesn’t want to mess with it too much.

“We probably aren’t going to change too much, if anything. I think we’ve got a good thing going,” Greenough said,

To complement to music and dancing, the Eckville Legion provided a ticketed supper to event goers on the Friday and Saturday night of the event.

Greenough described the meal as fantastic and thanked the Legion for providing the meals.

Planning is already underway for next year’s event.

Greenough confirms the weekend has already been booked for the next jamboree.

The Eckville Jamboree for 2018 is planned for the last weekend of August, Aug. 24-26.

 

Bob Gasco from Sylvan Lake was one of the many performers to take to the stage at the Eckville Community Centre during the jamboree.

Bob Gasco from Sylvan Lake was one of the many performers to take to the stage at the Eckville Community Centre during the jamboree.

Gary Peterson from Eckville sings during the jamboree event running in Eckville Aug. 11-13.

Gary Peterson from Eckville sings during the jamboree event running in Eckville Aug. 11-13.

June Potter from Delburne and Shirley Fisher from Eckville man the ticket table during the jamboree events recently.

June Potter from Delburne and Shirley Fisher from Eckville man the ticket table during the jamboree events recently.

Sylvan Lake’s Ken Chalmers belts one out for the attendees of this year’s jamboree to dance to.

Sylvan Lake’s Ken Chalmers belts one out for the attendees of this year’s jamboree to dance to.