Successful year brings expansion ideas for Jamboree

It may have been the most activity that Enterprise will see this summer, all wrapped into a day of fun, music, games, and familiar faces.

This was the vibe at the 12th annual Enterprise Jamboree this past weekend.

The day-long event with the can’t-go-wrong entry price of only two dollars went exceedingly well according to the relaxed attentive concert watchers, young and old alike.

While Gateway Jamboree Society member and popular restaurant owner Winnie Cadieux took her place busying herself behind the raffle, bingo and prize table, the Society’s president Brenda Bouvier shuffled from one end of the baseball field green to another, basket in hand, selling 50/50 tickets to small-time lottery winning hopefuls.

But not before taking a bit of a break to enjoy the musical talents of Hay River’s own Linda Duford and Pat Coleman.

Much talent has travelled to the little hamlet to play, like Yellowknife’s John Tees, and Hay River’s Tour de Mac.

For some this is a stop along the festival circuit before heading to next weekend’s Friendship Festival in Fort Smith.

“It’s everything we hoped for so far,” said Bouvier. “Everything started on time, and there are more kids here than the year before.”

Kids weren’t the only little beings enjoying themselves at the all-day event.

Some patrons brought along their furry friends to share the day.

Upon entering, to the left was an assortment of food stands with everything from baked goods to chilli to fish and chips, spanning into craft tables clustered close together under shelter to protect from potential sprinkles.

Past a smattering of lawn chairs grouped together in front of the music stage, a healthy crowd of around 150, the younger folk and those taking a break from the music throwing makeshift bones in the air, playing bunnock, an old Russian outdoor game.

Off to the side, children were getting their faces painted by local artist Genevieve Clarke playing their own games to win prizes, playing Frisbee and making crafts.

That’s one of the things they’ve improved on since last year, said Bouvier—involving the younger generation with a healthy amount of activity.

“I brought my son with me at 9:30,” she said at 4 p.m. “I’ve seen him three times.”

Bouvier said the Society is thinking about making the event span an entire weekend since there were several performers who wanted to share the stage but time constraints kept them from squeezing into the bill.

“Every year gets better,” she said.

“We’re hoping to be able to fit more musicians and include different types of music. Every year gets easier. It’s the people that make it happen.”