Music of all genres will flow through Enterprise this Saturday, August 11, during its annual Gateway Jamboree located at the baseball field.
The Enterprise Gateway Jamboree Society, a group of about five community members, has been hosting the event for 14 years with sponsorship from the Hamlet of Enterprise and donations from local business.
“It’s a day of sitting back, putting your feet up and enjoying the music,” said Winnie Cadieux, one of the organizers. “We have a variety of good music and entertainment. We don’t do any contests or anything so there is no judging of anyone. People can just come, relax, dance if they wish, eat lots and have fun.”
The stage will host concerts from 11:00 a.m. featuring fiddling, rock’n’roll, old country and blues. James Boraski and Marshall Lawrence will kick off their ‘East meets West Northern Roots & Blues Tour’ at the event. Boraski, from Thunder Bay, Ont. and Lawrence, from Edmonton, AB, are touring across the NWT and Alberta, August 11-28.
The master of ceremonies is Pat Burke and other performers include fiddler Linda Duford, jazz guitarist Pat Coleman, Jimi C and the Blue Rockin’ Daddyz, North Country Rock performer Gerald Poitras, Northern blues artist Lindsay Waugh and more.
A tent will be set up just for kids with lots of free activities, including face painting and crafts such as making masks, pin wheels and race cars. The tent will be supervised with adults assisting the kids with their projects.
Adults can also enjoy bingo and the bunnock contest, with prizes donated by local businesses to be won. Bunnock is a traditional Russian game involving throwing replica horse ankle bones at two parallel rows of twenty bones with the objective of knocking down the opposing team’s bones the fastest.
The entry fee for the day is $2 for adults and free for kids. Festival-goers will be entered in a door raffle with the chance to win a BBQ, a Westjet ticket and goodies for the kids. A free shuttle service also runs between Enterprise and Hay River three or four times during the day.
“For the amount of entertainment that people get, it is pretty darn cheap,” said Cadieux.
The event expects to bring in about 400 people, but Cadieux said not to worry about space.
“We have a big tent that people can sit under and various lawn chairs and tables spread around so everyone has a place to sit, eat and get out of the sun.”