The Big Valley Jamboree returns to Camrose, Alberta. after a 3 year hiatus

Country music fans won’t have to wait long for the Big Valley Jamboree (BVJ). After three years, the celebration of all things country returns to Camrose, Alta., on Thursday night.

“It’s a bit surreal. I mean it’s been three years since we’ve been here,” BVJ digital media specialist Megan Benoit told Global News. “Just to be back – it feels like forever, but it feels like yesterday.

“It feels like home.”

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Camping also returns to the Camrose Regional Fairgrounds, which hosts the jamboree.

Gemma Gallant arrived Thursday to take advantage of the on-site camping and said she was looking forward to seeing Hardy on Saturday night.

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“I’m dying to see him and Lauren sing their song ‘One Beer.’ It’s going to be awesome,” Gallant said.

Catching up with old friends and meeting new ones is a campground draw for Gallant.

“We just hang out, chat with people, see what’s going on, play games and eat food if someone is energetic enough to cook,” she said.

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Ron Moen and Carla Yamamoto have been coming to BVJ as a couple for a decade. The duo were delighted with the end of the festival break, both for the music and for the people.

“People watching is like the best thing to do here,” Yamamoto said.

“We love the setup, when they come in with their trucks and trailers, and watch the recruits set up,” said Moen, whose first jamboree was in 1997. “We’ve seen it throughout the years here.”

Benoit said previous years have seen thousands come out and organizers expected another big turnout. But she had some advice for all festival newbies.

“You can bring a folding garden chair with you. If you want to stay up and dance the night away, that’s also an option.

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