Vanderhoof’s third annual concert in the park became the towns first annual concert in the arena this year when wildfire smoke and rainy weather conditions forced the yearly music showcase to relocate to a more audience friendly location.
Despite unpredictable weather and a change of venue, the concert was a success bringing out 150 or more people to the Vanderhoof arena.
The concert opened its stage to an open mic at 3 p.m. and those who funnelled into the arena were privy to an array of vendors selling everything from homemade bannock (plain, cinnamon and gluten-free options were available) to tye dye clothing and homemade fashion accessories.
The event set up a community barbecue that sold hotdogs, sausages and hamburgers to any concert-goers whose tummies started to rumble.
The stage was graced by a plethora of acts, one of which was hometown heroes Rosewood Diaries. Rosewood Diaries which consists of Gregory Ventin, Raymond Schlamp, Katie Scheffers, Wes Neufeld, Allan Trampuh and Jerry Wall, played the opening act of the concerts main feature line up. A recent feature on CBC, who used their song as a theme song to the CBC show Daybreak North, played a number of songs from both of their studio albums as well as playing a number of audience pleasing covers such as the crowd favourite “Wagon Wheel.”
The band was received with warmth and approval from their Vanderhoof kinfolk, who sang along to the music and whose kids got up to dance, forming a juvenile mosh pit of toddlers dancing freely to the music.
The event was a success for the third year in a row and closed its doors around 10 p.m.