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Quonset Days gets early Christmas present with major doublebill in 2014

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Last year's headliner at Quonset Days Adam Gregory poses with from left Janet Biemans and her children Kerri and Trevor. Last year's headliner at Quonset Days Adam Gregory poses with from left Janet Biemans and her children Kerri and Trevor. Photo contributed

Some people may be thinking of July due to the nasty weather the prairies has been experiencing this week, but for Janet Biemans’ and her family, July is being anticipated for another reason.

Janet Biemans’ farm, which is just south of Seven Persons, will be the site for the fifth annual Quonset Days July 18-19, 2014. Quonset Days is a fundraiser where after expenses, 100 per cent of the money raised goes to the ALS Society of Alberta which supports those families who are affected by Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), otherwise known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.
Canadian country music stars Julian Austin and Aaron Pritchett are signed, sealed and will be delivered for the fifth annual event.
Not only that, Quonset Days favourites Jay Bowcott as well as the ever-popular group The Chevelles will also be back for the ALS benefit.
“We’re really excited,” says Biemans who is elated with the recent news and gives full credit to her son Trevor for the booking of talent. She says her son managed to get both country stars as they use the same booking agent and they often travel together.
“The big thing is that they were so agreeable about when to play. They said ‘tell us what you need’ and they agreed to it. We thought of them last year but they were a little out of our (price) range. But with Adam Gregory being such a big success last year, we thought we’d go for it.”
Biemans says she receives a lot of positive feedback from around the Seven Persons’ area.
“I talked to my neighbours and they couldn’t believe we got them both,” says Biemans, who adds the Quonset Days Facebook had promised a big name, but to get two was quite the coup.
Fans will be able to purchase CDs and souvenirs from both as well as get autographs.
A lot of the Quonset Days staff is getting organized as they have bartenders already in place including the Seven Persons Fire Department who will be out in full force. Security is also lined up thanks to the Canada Day Society.
Biemans says the food concessions will be improved with the addition of new food vendors so there will be more than one place to purchase sustenance. This is welcome news as Biemans hopes for 700 fans which will be an increase from the approximately 500 who were there last year.
Another new feature for the event is a Battle of the Bands which will go July 18.
“It’ll be in the afternoon so we might as well keep them entertained,” explains Biemans with a chuckle.
There are still a few aspects which will remain the same. The auctions will remain the same with about an hour given to the fundraiser. They don’t want to go any more than that because they already will have Pritchett playing to 2 a.m. as it is.
Besides the volunteers each getting one, there will be the traditional free T-shirts given out to the first 500 people who get through the gates.
No pre-concert tickets will be sold, everything will continue to be sold at the gate.
While it’s exciting for Biemans to get this big-name entertainment, nothing satisfies Biemans and her children more than to be able to donate to the ALS Society.  Janet lost her husband Peter to ALS and started the concert in 2010 as a tribute to him.
 Last year alone, the live auction brought close to $13,000 and the silent close to $10,000. In total, they sent $34,000 to the Alberta ALS Society from the 2013 effort.

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