SMALL TOWN SATURDAY NIGHT FINAL ROUND OF VOTING BEGINS
Viking is one of the 10 finalists!
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 on April 29, 2017.
The event will also include a songwriters circle that will kick off the concert hosted by Bonnyville Alberta’s own Clayton Bellamy. Joining him on stage will be Alee, The Doll Sisters, and Dan Davidson, all of which are seasoned Big Valley Jamboree Artists that also proudly call Alberta home.
After the initial two week online voting period with an excess of over 100,000 ballots submitted the Top 10 Alberta Communities remaining in the contest, in order of votes received, are: La Glace, Peace River, Innisfail, Rimbey, Viking, Rocky Mountain House, Ashmont, Drayton Valley, Duchess, and Crowsnest Pass.
The unique partnership between Big Valley Jamboree, Mount Royal University Broadcast Studies and Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) Radio & Television deployed video teams to the top 10 finalist communities over the last several weeks to produce videos to showcase their unique characteristics and why they would be the ideal place to host Big Valley Jamboree Small Town Saturday Night.
The general public can now visit www.BigValleyJamboree.com until March 27, 2017 to view all ten videos and vote for their favorite Small Alberta Town.
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.
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.
Alberta’s small towns showcase the down-home hospitality and authentic western flavour that Alberta has become known for the world-over, but which one has what it takes to be the best? Small Town Saturday Night 2017, presented by Panhandle Productions LP.,is a unique and exciting Contest designed to find out which small Albertan community stands above all the others. Small Town Saturday Night 2017 will seek out the most creative and enthusiastic small town in Alberta.
The winning Small Town Saturday Night 2017 Community will win the experience of a lifetime, including a once-in-a-lifetime country music event in their hometown.
Vote for Viking on the Big Valley Jamboree site:
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Come out for a family weekend of events!
The 6th annual Vikings in the Streets festival is happening June 17th and 18th.
There are tons of fun family activities planned for the weekend:
|Chili Cook Off Contest||Bouncy Houses|
|Bed Races||Petting Zoo|
|Explore the Viking Village||Country Market|
|Listen to Storytellers||Pancake Breakfast|
|Lutefisk Eating Contest||And much more!|
Download the event calendar and map here!
Download the event poster here!
Don't miss this event!
Help Go East help Fort Mac Evacuees
Here at the Go East of Edmonton office, we have been so proud of our East of Edmonton region communities who are helping during this crisis and how they have exhibited a level of selflessness that has left us feeling humbled and profoundly proud to call this our home, personally and professionally.
Let us know if you have a service or help available in your community - we will promote it on social media. For days now we have been sharing and promoting online the many options available for helping evacuees. Send us an email or tag us in your Facebook post or include our Twitter address @goeastofyeg and we will be notified and share those posts.
We have created a Blog and a Webpage on our site called:
We have posted this to Facebook and Twitter also. Please like and share/retweet.
If you are a person wanting to help with relief efforts but you're not sure what to contribute and where, one of the best options is to donate financial assistance to a relief organization, like Red Cross - the provincial and federal government will match your donation. This is what we, the staff of Go East of Edmonton, have chosen to do as our act of support.
We have also been taking calls and helping evacuees as to where to go. If you know of a displaced person from the evacuated areas, we at Go East of Edmonton have information on many resources available. People can visit our website, email us or call and we'll be glad to point them in the right direction.
We are at the contact info below day, evenings and weekends, during this time of need.
Cell Phone or text 780-632-9335
Facebook: Go East of Edmonton
Go East Regional Tourism
If you are wanting to assist people who have evacuated from Fort McMurray, please contact the Bold Centre in Lac La Biche at 780-623-3829.
Let them know what you have available - if it is a room, a house or a holiday trailer. They will need your contact info.
The Red Cross is accepting cash donations for the fire victims. The Red Cross has set up an emergency 'Alberta Fires' appeal. You can also text REDCROSS to 30333 to make a $5 donation. The Government of Alberta has announced it will match donations to the agency.
This years Vikings in the Streets festival will be held June 17th and 18th.
Come out for a family weekend of events.
Parade, Chili Cook Off Contest, Bed Races, Bouncy Houses, Face Painting, Petting Zoo, Country Market, Pancake Breakfasts and much more.
Come and explore the Viking Village. Listen to storytellers. Join the Lutefisk Eating Contest!
For more information please contact Amber Hennig, Festival Chair. 780-336-3466
Join us on Saturday, Feburary 6th
Grand Opening of the Mini Stick/Floorball Rink!
Come and watch our Viking Minor Hockey Initiation Team play!
Located adjacent to the walking track!
Balls and Sticks provided - Come and try it out!
Enter the draw for the Signed Connor McDavid Team Canada Jersey.
Draw held at 3:30pm in the Carena Lobby.
For more information call the Town Office or Viking Families 4 Fun.