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By Jeff Cummings ,Edmonton Sun
First posted: Sunday, July 31, 2011 5:09:47 MDT PM
CAMROSE — This weekend’s massive Big Valley Jamboree will go down as one of the best ever, says the country music show’s producer.
Larry Werner, the head organizer for one of the largest country music concerts in Canada, says the show was already considered a success after Saturday, Day 2 of the event.
Roughly 25,000 people filed into the stands during Saturday’s performance, which include Bill Engvall, The Judds, and Jason Aldean, says Werner.
And while attendance numbers have yet to be tallied after Sunday’s massive performance, which included Jimmy Rankin and Toby Keith, Werner says this year’s BVJ could set an attendance record.
“This could become a record for us, and that would be very amazing,” said Werner.
“We are all very happy about that.”
Fans continued to drive into the campground as early as Wednesday, even while Camrose was getting buckets of rain.
But on Friday, the first official full day of the event, rain and a brief storm did cause some delays for organizers.
“Any time you get weather like that, it does create some issues, but we worked through it,” said Werner.
And fans say they are aiming to be back next year.
“Everyone here is so friendly, especially when you’re camping out here,” said Branden Corbitt, a 20-year-old Red Deer resident.
“That’s why I want to come back.”
Environment Canada issued a severe thunderstorm watch for Camrose. It said thunderstorms with strong winds and large hail could be coming for the small city.