The Big Valley Jamboree 2017
Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, is the ever-popular Big Valley Jamboreeby Danielle Cameron
When: August 3- 6, 2017
Where: Camrose, Alberta
The Big Valley Jamboree (BVJ) has been going strong for 25 years, and this year organizers are planning to pull out all the stops.
Here are 10 reasons you won't want to miss the 2017 Big Valley Jamboree.
1.) The latest and greatest country music artists will be there
First and foremost, the BVJ is all about music. The 2017 line-up includes: Little Big Town, Willie Neslon, Keith Urban, Kacey Musgraves, Chris Young, Jason Aldean, Gord Bamford and many more. With top-name artists like these, you can't afford to skip this year's event.
2.) It has a terrific history
This festival is a crowd favourite every summer, and 2017 will mark the epic event's 25th anniversary.
It came to Camrose after several attempts to hold the BVJ in other locations. The Camrose Regional Exhibition (CRE) was preparing to bring back its annual summer fair, when the BVJ promoters approached the organizers with an even better idea. They wanted to bring top national and international country musicians to this pleasant community, and the CRE granted them the facility and services to accommodate the event. The rest is history!
3.) There will be on-site camping available
Starting on August 2nd, the BVJ will be opening the gates to an excellent on-site campground. The gates will be open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday to Saturday, and 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday. No access is permitted earlier than August 2nd.
All sites are sold on a first-come, first-served basis and based on double occupancy (so for each two admissions purchased, you can reserve one campsite). You may also purchase a secondary vehicle pass if you need to.
There are no serviced sites.
4.) You can shop at the Marketplace Tradeshow and watch local youth perform
At the BVJ Marketplace Tradeshow, an array of vendors will be selling all sorts of one-of-a-kind crafts and merchandise.
Another fun feature of the Marketplace Tradeshow is the ATB Financial Homegrown Talent Stage. You can watch young Canadian performers compete for the chance to show their skills on the BVJ main stage.
5.) You can get autographs from your favourite artists
Stop by the Chevrolet Autograph Tent (located just left of the main stage) for a chance at an autograph and photo with one of the BVJ artists.
Keep your ears open and listen to the main stage announcements to find out when your favourite country stars will be available.
6.) The Production World Songwriter's Workshop will expand your horizons
Situated on Main Street, this workshop grants an opportunity to learn about the songwriting process, and the meaning behind some current and past hits.
7.) The BVJ Parade is coming to town
Held in downtown Camrose, the annual BVJ Parade will bring a smile to your face, with a variety of entertainers, floats and colourful characters.
8.) Three words: Extreme freestyle motocross
On the south side of the Marketplace Tradeshow, you can watch impressive motocross stunts that you'll never forget. See jumps and tricks that most would never dare to attempt at this annual highlight.
9.) Adult refreshments are available
The Jim Beam Backroom Bar will be there to assist if you want to grab a cold one during the show. Head to the back of the main stage concert bowl, relax and watch the performers on a big screen while you enjoy a pint.
10.) The Kick-Off Party will be amazing as usual
Presented by CISN 103.9 and Country 105, the annual Kick-Off Party will take place on Thursday night in the Coors Banquet Saloon. This is the best way to start your journey into the unforgettable BVJ experience.
During the party, more than 1,500 numbered Ping-Pong balls will be handed out to attendees. If you get the right number you could win one of 100 prizes. The doors open at 6 p.m. and the first 1,500 fans get a free meal, courtesy of the BVJ.
For more information, visit the Big Valley Jamboree website.