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Country Jamboree draws hundreds to Port George


PORT GEORGE – They came here by the hundreds – from as far away as Ontario and Maine.

The 34th edition of the Port George Country Jamboree Saturday, July 30 was a success by anybody’s standards with 2,750 people going through the gates to watch 10 musical acts, taste great food, peruse more than 200 flea market tables, and socialize with family and old friends.

Jamboree chairman Dave Diggins said it was a good crowd, up by about 700 from last year.

“We had a day when we just about sold everything out,” he said. “A good turnout, a good crew, the weather was great. People came and enjoyed the music and stayed for a long time. There was a good breakfast in the hall in the morning and there was a supper in the evening and everybody seemed to enjoy that. The music was good – we had a great day.”

The jamboree is hosted by the Middleton District Lions Club, the Kingston Lions Club, the Lawrencetown Lions Club, and the Community of Port George.

“We probably would have had over the course of the organization for it and the actual day, probably about 125 (volunteers),” said Diggins.

Any profits from the jamboree go right back into the community, said Diggins.

“There’s a lot of need locally for people who need help with groceries, or help with transportation, or light bills, telephone bills, medical expenses, eye glasses – these kinds of things. It does get spent locally.”

 

The Music

Musical acts included Angus Brown Junior, Blain Henshaw, Rick Snider and Stagecoach, Best of Intentions, Allan Butler, Connie Stokes Cye and the Guys, Kailey Shearer, Theresa Lynn Porter and Friends, Dave Burbine and Traditional Country, and Straight Up.

And the people did come from all over to see them, said Diggins.

Food, including lobster rolls, burgers and fries, and even strawberry shortcake, was prepared on site and is always a major draw in itself.

“We had people from Ontario, we had people from Halifax, we had people from Antigonish, South Shore, Yarmouth. A lot of people on holidays come out. They like country music so they came out for the day. And we even had some people from Maine there.”

The jamboree has become a summertime tradition and chances are good it will go ahead again with edition 35 in 2017.

“If everything goes well I think probably we’ll be doing it again next year,” Diggins said. “Thanks to our sponsors. This year they came across big time. The Municipality of Annapolis gave us a grant for $5,000 and we’re very pleased with that. That was up significantly from previous years. That along with our other sponsors would go along way to help paying our costs for the day. So I think things worked out well.”

The 34th edition of the Port George Country Jamboree Saturday, July 30 was a success by anybody’s standards with 2,750 people going through the gates to watch 10 musical acts, taste great food, peruse more than 200 flea market tables, and socialize with family and old friends.

Jamboree chairman Dave Diggins said it was a good crowd, up by about 700 from last year.

“We had a day when we just about sold everything out,” he said. “A good turnout, a good crew, the weather was great. People came and enjoyed the music and stayed for a long time. There was a good breakfast in the hall in the morning and there was a supper in the evening and everybody seemed to enjoy that. The music was good – we had a great day.”

The jamboree is hosted by the Middleton District Lions Club, the Kingston Lions Club, the Lawrencetown Lions Club, and the Community of Port George.

“We probably would have had over the course of the organization for it and the actual day, probably about 125 (volunteers),” said Diggins.

Any profits from the jamboree go right back into the community, said Diggins.

“There’s a lot of need locally for people who need help with groceries, or help with transportation, or light bills, telephone bills, medical expenses, eye glasses – these kinds of things. It does get spent locally.”

 

The Music

Musical acts included Angus Brown Junior, Blain Henshaw, Rick Snider and Stagecoach, Best of Intentions, Allan Butler, Connie Stokes Cye and the Guys, Kailey Shearer, Theresa Lynn Porter and Friends, Dave Burbine and Traditional Country, and Straight Up.

And the people did come from all over to see them, said Diggins.

Food, including lobster rolls, burgers and fries, and even strawberry shortcake, was prepared on site and is always a major draw in itself.

“We had people from Ontario, we had people from Halifax, we had people from Antigonish, South Shore, Yarmouth. A lot of people on holidays come out. They like country music so they came out for the day. And we even had some people from Maine there.”

The jamboree has become a summertime tradition and chances are good it will go ahead again with edition 35 in 2017.

“If everything goes well I think probably we’ll be doing it again next year,” Diggins said. “Thanks to our sponsors. This year they came across big time. The Municipality of Annapolis gave us a grant for $5,000 and we’re very pleased with that. That was up significantly from previous years. That along with our other sponsors would go along way to help paying our costs for the day. So I think things worked out well.”

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