BCCMA award-winning country singer and former Langley resident Aaron Pritchett is set to headline the 2022 West Coast Women’s Show.
The country music star, who first moved to Langley in the mid-1980s, shared that the area was then known as “the sticks”.
“But that lifestyle led me to live in the country and love country music,” said Pritchett, who recounts working at a gas station on Fraser Highway and 201st Street. And after work, Pritchett spent his nights performing at Gabby’s Country Cabaret.
He believes his roots in country music are strong because he “lives the life” in Langley.
The singer returns with all those fond memories, not too far away, performing at Abbotsford Tradex next month.
Pritchett is part of the 20th West Coast Women’s Show, which runs June 10-12. Returning after a three-year hiatus, the show will run alongside the Summerfest Country Music Festival, and buying a ticket for an event will get people free admission. to the other.
For show manager Robert Hallahan, being able to celebrate the festival again in person is a big relief.
He added that the festival is an important event for hundreds of vendors who attend every year. He thanked the sellers for being “faithful” and coming back after a long break due to COVID. The festival will feature over 200 vendors, of which around 15 are based in Langley.
For local entrepreneurs Sheri and Shay Gibb, the show is an opportunity to showcase their business. The mother-daughter duo run a boutique, Daisy Pink, which they opened in August 2020.
“Doing shows like the West Coast Woman’s Show absolutely helps us promote our brand to a lot of people who otherwise wouldn’t know about us,” Sheri said.
Last year, the duo raised $1,000 for the Chilliwack Fire Fighters Charitable Society. Later in the summer, they will also participate in the student summer jobs program by hiring a young person for an eight-week internship.
“Daisy Pink is a firm believer in women supporting women,” Sheri said.
Another women-led business that will be participating in the show is Nuez Acres, an Indigenous business that sells organic skincare products.
“It (the show) is a great platform to connect with like-minded people, and a great way to showcase our products and our brand to the community and beyond. We are really excited to participate this year and look forward to the connections that will be made,” said Anthony Wingham, co-founder of Nuez Acres.
In addition to giving space to vendors, the festival will also support charities. Hallahan, who has been with the event since 2016, shared that the festival has supported several charities in the past.
Their charity of choice this year is Mamas For Mamas, a non-profit organization that helps mothers fight poverty. All proceeds from the raffle will be donated to charity.
For Hallahan, the charity holds a special place in her heart as her grandmother was a single mother.
“What they do is really special to me.”
On the musical side of the weekend, the festival lineup includes singer Nearly Neil who will kick off the show on Friday, June 10 at 2:30 p.m.
On Friday night, headliner Aaron Goodvin takes the stage and opening for Goodvin is Nicole Sumerlyn, a country musician.
On Saturday night, the stage welcomes Canadian country star Aaron Pritchett.
Vancouver singer-songwriter Tess Anderson, musician Ryan McAllister, roots/country band The Promised, singer-songwriter Chris Buck, vocalist Kristin Carter, Vancouver hard rock band Redwoods, The Heels and Nikita Afonso will also be performing over the weekend. .
Single-day tickets range from $5 for children, $12 for youth and seniors, and $15 for adults. There are also weekend passes for $25 and tickets that include the headlining concert.
Tickets also provide access to over 300 vendors, 20 food trucks, a beer garden, craft breweries and wineries, and 12 live music performances.
For more information people can visit www.westcoastwomen.net
– With files from the Abbotsford News
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