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Crowsnest Pass needs votes to host country music festival

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These are some of the youthful Crowsnest Pass residents behind the campaign to have the area host Small Town Saturday Night, a mini Big Valley Jamboree April 28. These are some of the youthful Crowsnest Pass residents behind the campaign to have the area host Small Town Saturday Night, a mini Big Valley Jamboree April 28. Photo by Curt Derbyshire

By Susan Quinlan
Crowsnest Pass
Those people who enjoy music festivals may be lucky enough to have a country music festival in their own backyard, so to speak, that is, if they vote for the Crowsnest Pass to win the Small Town Saturday Night contest sponsored by Big Valley Jamboree and Alberta Tourism.
As one of 10 finalists for the April 28 event, the Crowsnest Pass is competing to host what’s described as a mini Big Valley Jamboree and is calling on all southern Albertans to cast their votes, taking note the voting window is exceedingly tight and closes March 20 at 11:59 p.m.

“We want to get all of southern Alberta on board because we’ll all benefit. We’re hoping for some great support. Everybody else is close to a large centre, so we really need people to get on board,” said Sacha Anderson, economic and marketing co-ordinator Community Futures Crowsnest Pass.
“It’s very, very exciting. The timing worked out very good because it would be the same day as our pro rodeo. It’s timed so well, so it’s meant to be.”
Travel Alberta partnered with Big Valley Jamboree to celebrate the jamboree’s 20th anniversary and to support Alberta’s rural communities by offering them a chance to win a day-long country music celebration April 28 in their hometown through the “Small Town Saturday Night” contest.
Ten finalists have now been chosen, based on their submissions of two-minute videos enthusiastically explaining why their towns should win. There were a total of 53 eligible entries from Alberta representing communities with a total population of over 215,000.
“You had two minutes to show off your community, attractions, support for events and support for the contest and knowledge of Big Valley Jamboree. We had mountain shots, Rum Runner Days and the local rodeo (Kananaskis Pro Rodeo), winter activities, ski hill jumps, where you’ll host the event and which non-profit will benefit.”
The grand prize includes a concert headlined by Canadian country music artist Dean Brody and a songwriters’ circle consisting of Samantha King, Duane Steele, Shane Chisholm and Tim Hus hosted by Alberta’s own Aaron Lines.
The winning community also can use the event as a fundraiser to support a local charity or municipal initiative of their choice.
In Crowsnest Pass, the Bellevue and District Agricultural Society was selected as the non profit that would benefit, when the Crowsnest Pass wins.
“We picked the local ag society because that allows us to spread out the proceeds across the community. So many groups are members of the ag society.”
In addition to the concert and the benefit to the local non-profit, the winning town will have their video showcased at Big Valley Jamboree held during the August long weekend in Camrose.
To vote for Crowsnest Pass, locate the link at or go directly to stsn/vote. Voting closes at 11:59 p.m., Tuesday, March 20, and only one vote per day per email address is allowed.
The Crowsnest Pass video can be viewed on YouTube, searching for CNP Small Town Saturday Night, or at the Big Valley Jamboree website, http://www.bigvalley

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