‘Hay Days’ of summer starts this Friday

Hay River finally has its own arts and music festival.
Hay Days will be taking place July 2-4 and over 20 musical acts from across the Territory and even one from Edmonton, will be in town to perform.
The festival is being put on by the newly created Hay River Music, Arts and Culture Society with this purpose in mind.

“This all started with a letter to Council back in January,” said Randy Randle, one of the coordinators of the event and member of the Society. “A society was suggested to put it in place. This way it is owned by the people.”
During the festival, there will be an arts and crafts show set up in the lobby of Ecole Boreal. Many of the performances will be held in the field near the school with others taking place in the Ptarmigan Inn. Three dances will be held during the evenings – a youth dance in the Soaring Eagle Friendship Centre, and two at the Don Stewart Recreation Centre. The events will be free, with the exception of the dances which will have a minor cover charge.
“We officially became a society on May 11,” said Randle, “so we literally put this together in six weeks. It has been craziness but the response has been overwhelming. People really want this.”
Among the bands coming to Hay River are heavy metal band State of the Art from Fort Smith, Rick Poltaruk from Yellowknife and Canadian Idol rapper Godson from Yellowknife. There will be plenty of local acts as well.
The HRMSCS will not disappear once Hay Days is over. There are planning on holdling events year round, and are only getting started with what they hope to accomplish.
Randle noted that the Society is currently seeking sponsorship, and any interested parties can contact him at randlemusic@hotmail.com or 874-4200.
Anyone interested in Hay Days and the HR MACS is invited to visit the society’s facebook page, or www.haydays.ca.