Eckville swings into motion with annual Jamboree

The Community Centre in Eckville was full throughout the weekend as locals, and a large number of visitors, came out to dance the night away during the annual Eckville Jamboree. Photos by Megan Roth/Eckville Echo
From Aug. 26-28 performers, musicians, dancers and onlookers flooded to the Town of Eckville to partake in the annual Jamboree.
Laura Theriauth performs with the band on the first day of the Jamboree, Aug. 23.
Lloyd Greenough, event organizer and performer, plays his harmonica as accompaniment to one of the many local performers who took to the stage over the weekend.
Sandi and John McLane perform “Take Me Home, Country Roads” by John Denver during the jam session of the Jamboree weekend.
A band was provided to back up locals who wished to sing a few songs during the daily jam sessions. The band included guitar players, bass players and an accordion player.

Eckville was full of live music and dancing this past weekend as the annual Eckville Jamboree took over the town.

From Aug. 23-25 performers, musicians, dancers and onlookers flooded to the Town of Eckville to partake in the annual Jamboree, bringing in some of the best country music musicians from around Central Alberta.

The event drew in a good sized crowd, with many coming into town early in the week.

To celebrate the return of the weekend-long event two great bands took to the stage in the evening to keep the party going well into the night.

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

After nearly two decades of the Jamboree, the organizers have gotten into a grove of what works for the event. In recent years there haven’t been many, if any, changes to the flow of the weekend.

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. This provided a bit of a break in between musical acts.

Open mic-style jam sessions were held every day over the weekend, beginning as early as 10 a.m.

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