For Immediate Release
(CAMROSE, AB) Last August at the 2016 Big Valley Jamboree we announced the Small Town Saturday Night Contest would be back to celebrate the festival’s 25th anniversary in the summer of 2017 as a “thank-you” to acknowledge the integral support we’ve received from rural communities throughout Alberta.
A Big Valley Jamboree experience that includes the grand prize of a concert headlined by Canadian country music artist Gord Bamford, with Big Valley’s own Danny Hooper acting as Master of Ceremonies for the show will be awarded to one lucky rural Alberta community. All the excitement of the festival, including some of Canada’s finest country music entertainers will be coming to a small town in Alberta!
The event will also include a songwriters circle to open the show comprised of artists yet to be announced.
After a two week online voting period with an excess of over 100,000 ballots, the results are in.
We are pleased to announce the Top 10 Alberta Communities in order of votes received are: La Glacé, Peace River, Innisfail, Rimbey, Viking, Rocky Mountain House, Ashmont, Drayton Valley, Duchess, and Crowsnest Pass.
A unique partnership between Big Valley Jamboree, Mount Royal University Broadcast Studies and Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) Radio & Television will now deploy student video team teams to visit the ten finalist communities and produce videos to be voted on by the general public starting March 13, 2017 at noon to select the grand prize winner. The winning community will be announced on March 28, 2017 and the grand prize concert will take place on April 29, 2017. Voting will take place exclusively through www.BigValleyJamboree.com where the public will be able to view the student produced videos, and vote for their favorite.
“We’re ecstatic to be working with Big Valley Jamboree on this collaborative effort for Small Town Saturday Night!” says Chris Durham of NAIT Radio & Television. “It will provide opportunity for both the finalist communities and our radio and TV students to showcase what makes these towns special and unique”.
At the contest deadline it was revealed that over 30 communities from all over Alberta entered the contest for the initial voting period representing 130,000 Albertans who call those communities home.
“The response has been incredible, and just goes to show the reaches of the Big Valley Jamboree Music Festival over the last 25 years”, said Gord Bamford, Small Town Saturday Night headlining artist. “It is going to be an amazing experience and we look forward to putting on an unforgettable show to the winning community”.
In addition to the excitement of hosting this once-in-a-lifetime concert experience, the winning community can use the event as a fundraiser to support a local charity or municipal initiative of their choice. The 2012 event resulted in the town of Legal raising a total of $93,000 for The Friends of Legal School Society to build a new playground for the community. The 2013 event resulted in raising $67,000 for the town of Bashaw School Arts Infusion Program.
For a complete listing of all communities entered in the contest visit www.bigvalleyjamboree.com.
Media contact for interviews, contest information, and contestant contact information:
Big Valley Jamboree
TOP 10 COMMUNTIES LISTED WITH BY TOTAL VOTES RECEIVED
|COMMUNITY NAME||TOTAL VOTES RECEIVED|
|Rocky Mountain House||4599|