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Viking Finalist

SMALL TOWN SATURDAY NIGHT FINAL ROUND OF VOTING BEGINS

Viking is one of the 10 finalists!

Last August at the 2016 Big Valley Jamboree we announced the Small Town Saturday Night Contest would be back to celebrate the festival’s 25th anniversary in the summer of 2017 as a “thank-you” to acknowledge the integral support we’ve received from rural communities throughout Alberta.

A Big Valley Jamboree experience that includes the grand prize of a concert headlined by Canadian country music artist Gord Bamford, with Big Valley’s own Danny Hooper acting as Master of Ceremonies for the show will be awarded to one lucky rural Alberta community. All the excitement of the festival, including some of Canada’s finest country music entertainers will be coming to a small town in Alberta on April 29, 2017.

The event will also include a songwriters circle that will kick off the concert hosted by Bonnyville Alberta’s own Clayton Bellamy. Joining him on stage will be Alee, The Doll Sisters, and Dan Davidson, all of which are seasoned Big Valley Jamboree Artists that also proudly call Alberta home.

After the initial two week online voting period with an excess of over 100,000 ballots submitted the Top 10 Alberta Communities remaining in the contest, in order of votes received, are: La Glace, Peace River, Innisfail, Rimbey, Viking, Rocky Mountain House, Ashmont, Drayton Valley, Duchess, and Crowsnest Pass.

The unique partnership between Big Valley Jamboree, Mount Royal University Broadcast Studies and Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) Radio & Television deployed video teams to the top 10 finalist communities over the last several weeks to produce videos to showcase their unique characteristics and why they would be the ideal place to host Big Valley Jamboree Small Town Saturday Night.

The general public can now visit www.BigValleyJamboree.com until March 27, 2017 to view all ten videos and vote for their favorite Small Alberta Town.

In addition to the excitement of hosting this once-in-a-lifetime concert experience, the winning community can use the event as a fundraiser to support a local charity or municipal initiative of their choice. The 2012 event resulted in the town of Legal raising a total of $93,000 for The Friends of Legal School Society to build a new playground for the community. The 2013 event resulted in raising $67,000 for the town of Bashaw School Arts Infusion Program.

At the contest deadline it was revealed that over 30 communities from all over Alberta entered the contest for the initial voting period representing 130,000 Albertans who call those communities home.

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Viking Election

voteViking Election Results

October 16, 2017

Viking Mayor:

Vote Results:
Cindy Lefsrud - 161
Jason Ritchie - 225    - Elected

Councillors - All positions acclaimed

Judy Acres - Councillor
Dana Ewashko - Councillor
Maynard Huibers - Councillor
Rod Hunter - Councillor
Clinton Nearing - Councillor
Laurel Weisgerber - Councillor