July 26, 2022 Camrose Booster

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Big Valley Jamboree edition

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Photos by Murray Green

July 26, 2022

Grab your cowboy hats, BVJ is back!

It’s been a few years, but the Big Valley Jamboree country music festival is returning on July 28 to 31 at the Camrose Regional Exhibition grounds. CRE president Brent Byers, left, invites you to ride the good times at the BVJ events. Above, CRE 50/50 promotion mascots Bertha the Cow (Megan Lethbridge), Wavy (Shawna Horrell) and Sharky (Dianne Kohler) welcome music fans back to Camrose for top notch entertainment, outdoor events and a trade show.

News Stories… BVJ and City agree on costs for resources. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Big Valley Jamboree offers a full line-up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Policing Big Valley Jamboree, a city within a city. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

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Big Valley Jamboree concert goers will once again be filling the grounds out at the Camrose Regional Exhibition, with the approval by City of Camrose council, for a license to conduct a concert from July 28 to July 31. In an effort to ensure the event operates effectively Big Valley Jamboree has contracted services of City of Camrose fire and police at an estimated cost of $325,914.88 (including GST) payable by Big Valley Jamboree, at a ticket sales cap of 20,000. Camrose Fire Department will be providing a six firefighter stand-by fire crew for 12 hour shifts beginning Wednesday, July 27 at 6 p.m. and shifting through until Monday, August 1 at 6 a.m. The on-site crews will consist of one officer and five firefighters and includes equipment resources of one CFD pumper truck, one CFD one-ton quick response unit that can be deployed for smaller fires, should they occur. The estimated costs of fire services supplied by Camrose Fire Department payable by Big Valley Jamboree, as per the agreement, are $28,500 plus GST. Camrose Police Service will be providing an on-site 24/7 policing service consisting of members from Camrose Police Service, Calgary Police Service, the RCMP and Alberta Sheriffs with a maximum number of officers on duty during peak times throughout the festival. The estimated costs of policing services provided by Camrose Police Department, including external resources provided by Calgary Police Service, RCMP and Alberta Sheriffs, payable by Big Valley Jamboree Inc., as per the agreement, are $275,942.74 plus GST. According to City administration, the services contracted by the City of Camrose fire and police to Big Valley Jamboree are a separate entity specifically for this event and will not diminish services provided to the residents of Camrose during the event.

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Big Valley Jamboree offers a full line-up By Murray Green

Organizers of the Big Valley Jamboree have an exciting line-up for the July 29 to 31 event at the Camrose Regional Exhibition. “We expect all of the things which have made BVJ the legendary festival that it is. Some of the best fans anywhere in North America, sun, fun, food and drink. It includes incredible headliners, veteran acts that have stood the test of time and the hottest up-andcomers. Everyone knows that when you come to Camrose, you have to kick it up a notch,” said Gerry Krochak, of Country Thunder, the organizers of the event. “Gathering in crowds and cheering is part of our

DNA. Music and sports bring people together. It’s huge to be back after not being able to do the things that we love and enjoy the most. Being able to provide this event and bring smiles to the faces of these fans is even more special now than ever before.” One of Alberta’s most popular summer music festivals, Big Valley Jamboree in Camrose usually draws about 90,000 music fans to the outdoor site. The festival opens with a kick-off party on Thursday with Toque, Road Hammers, Trace Adkins and Dustin Lynch on stage. Toque and Panczak return for Friday night, Chris Buck and Craig Moritz provide the entertainment Saturday night,

a surprise artist and the Dungarees hit the stage Sunday evening. Andrew Hyatt, Mackenzie Porter, Hunter Brothers, Terri Clark and headliner Dallas Smith will perform on Friday. Shawn Austin, Williams and Ree, Phil Vassar, Lauren Alaina, Hardy, Hardy and headliner Eric Church are scheduled for Saturday. “Hardy may get as big a response as any of the headliners—a fun show and a lot of excitement. Eric Church is one of the great live artists not just in country, but in music. Lauren Alaina doesn’t get to Canada a whole bunch, but she has a powerhouse voice and is a brilliant entertainer. The two must-see early days acts

are Kameron Marlowe and MacKenzie Porter. Dallas Smith and Terri Clark are living proof that Canadians will never be outdone,” said Gerry. Kameron Marlowe, Michelle Wright, The Washboard Union, James Barker Band, Blanco Brown and headliner Tim McGraw are slated for Sunday. A nother act is expected to be added on Friday at a later date. Other attractions include the Morning Bull Ride, Dueling Piano Kings, Country Dance Team, pony rides, songwriters’ workshop, karaoke contest, trade show and rides or activities.


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Two teams tied on top of Powerline By Murray Green Baseball and farmers have one thing in common. They don’t like ties. However, both the Rosalind Athletics and Armena Royals share first place in the Powerline Baseball League with a 10-4 record. Armena edged the Vegreville Blue Jays 6-5, while the Athletics blanked the Tofield Braves 12-0 to keep pace. Vegreville beat the Battle River Rivals 5-1 and then shut out the Camrose Roadrunners 10-0 in a doubleheader on July 17 to hold down fourth place. Battle River defeated the Roadrunners 11-2 on July 13 and are currently in third place. Both Battle River and Vegreville are battling for third and fourth place as they finalize a few rain out games.


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Policing Big Valley Jamboree, a city within a city By Lori Larsen

Big Valley Jamboree is back in full swing this year under the umbrella of the new promoters Big Valley Jamboree Inc. (Country Thunder) and preparation is underway to ensure the event goes off without a hitch. In order for this to occur the promoters require the services of City and emergency services with costs and liabilities covered by the promoter. One such service is the provision of an entirely onsite policing service that will be provided by Camrose Police Service (CPS) in partnership with members from Calgary Police Service, the RCMP and the Alberta Sheriffs. “The Camrose Police Service engages external and internal partners to provide a safe environment where the costs of the operation for that event are carried by the promoter,” explained Camrose Police Service Inspector John Corbett. In an effort to ensure the highest levels of safety and security on site all the while ensuring the residents of Camrose continue to receive the same high standards of police services during the BVJ, CPS met several times with the Big Valley Jamboree Inc. and

police the Big Valley site 24/7 as well.” This partnership allows for a stand alone, temporary policing service complete with command centre, arrest approval, 24/7 shifting, vehicles and equipment. Duties

Lori Larsen, Camrose Booster Camrose Police Service Inspector John Corbett readies the two new CPS e-bikes in preparation for use at the Big Valley Jamboree. The bikes enable officers to respond quickly and effectively to incidents, including those that may be unattainable by a patrol car.

other partners leading up to the event to establish a safe and fiscally responsible policing plan. “We conducted a table top exercise prior to the event to ensure resources and equipment are provided in an efficient manner,” explained Corbett.

Those planning sessions resulted in an agreement that offers an on-site policing service to BVJ Inc. completely separate of CPS’s services to Camrose residents. “It is essentially two separate entities,” noted CPS Chief Dean LaGrange.

“There is BVJ operations and the City wide operations.” Corbett added. “Because we have our resources dedicated to the city, like we always do, we have to acquire external resources (Calgary Police Service, RCMP and Alberta Sheriffs), to partner with us to

The BVJ site operations are broken into 24/7 coverage with resources assigned to campground, foot, mountain bike and CPS’s newly acquired e-bikes (two) patrols on the site grounds. “The e-bikes are a new tool that enables officers to cover more ground efficiently. They will be able to respond to calls quicker and in a manner that the patrol vehicles may not allow. As well, when the officer arrives to the call they won’t be as physically taxed as they would be if they were riding the regular mountain bike,” said Corbett adding that both e-bikes will be deployed. “We will also have a fully functioning dispatch centre at the BVJ site headquarters that can receive calls for service including transferred 911 calls for service, that are on site.” Corbett said the Sheriffs will be assigned to arrest/prisoner processing. Continued on page 8


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How are we doing By Arnold Malone

I grew up in a time when the days of the week were double named. Monday was known as wash day, Tuesday was ironing day. Each day of the week was known by an activity that was scheduled. Long ago on wash day, our mother would come out of our sun blackened, never painted, single storey house to a small shed just beyond the entrance door. Inside the shed was an old washing machine. It was operated by an exasperating gasoline engine that required never-ending perseverance. Miserable to get started and, once running, it filled the air with stinky blue smoke. A horizontal bar with a gear-track moved back and forth to rotate the agitator. The hot water was carried from the house. The machine was a crude appliance by today’s standards. Mother frequently hoped for a more convenient way to wash clothes. I was with her one day in the Wilson and Cassidy appliance store and my mother was looking with a wistful desire at a glistening white washing machine. Surprising to me as a young child, the store owner said, “I wouldn’t buy that one Florence, we have sold a few and we are having trouble with them.” That memory is stuck in my head as if it were a video tape. I pondered, “Was the machine ever sold, if so, to whom?” If it wasn’t sold what happened to the thing? What I did know, even at a very young age, is that the store owner was a person to be trusted. Clearly, he was someone who did not want to cause harm; nor did he ask, “How am I doing?” Now, in the winter of my life the relationship between sellers and buyers has changed. Today, we have unending requests to tell the supplier of a goods or service what we think of their service. Order something on line or make an in-store purchase and the chance is likely that the seller will want your e-mail address. Soon you will be requested to evaluate the service provided. The first time I was asked to evaluate a service I was engaged and delighted. However, it has grown into a constant clogging of the email with seemingly useless selfseeking adulation.

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During the warranty period, I had my car serviced at the dealer where the car was purchased. On several occasions a staff at the check-out counter or the mechanic who conducted the service would tell me that there would be a request for an evaluation. I was told that I should always mark “excellent” because even if I marked “very good” the headquarters would be wanting to know what was lacking in service so that the highest ranking wasn’t achieved. Simply put, that is not an evaluation. I do a routine medical check-up every three months away from my home. I always stay in the same hotel. As sure as night follows day there will be a request to evaluate, “My stay.” I would have thought that my many repeat bookings was a signal of satisfaction. Rarely is there a space to write a comment. You can’t even write, excellent, but the tub drains slowly.” The evaluation is designed to meet marketing objectives more than customer satisfaction. As a child, I experienced what exceptional customer service was like. So, providers of service know that if you are respectful, considerate and thankful there is no need to be prodding for praise. So, quit asking customers to humble themselves after every transaction. If the service is respectful customers will embrace a business. Moreover, if you don’t know how you are being received by your customers then you lack the nose required for serving others.



Bashaw Community Resource has been supporting its local school for many years, through grants and other means. Currently, the Community Resource Centre provides a wellness worker to the school on a part-time basis, who works collaboratively with the BRSD Family School Liaison team. They also contribute to the cost of providing tutors with the purchase of livestream equipment. Representing the Community Resource Centre are Christine Beulow, right, and Sarah Unsworth, middle, with BRSD board chair Karen Belich on the left.


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Policing Big Valley Jamboree Continued from page 6

“We have a wider range of duties out there to support the promoter and their staff, including patrol of the site and traffic enforcement as well as on-site checkstops,” which Corbett said reduces the risk of impaired drivers leaving the site. “The roadways within the site are considered highways and all the rules/laws of the road apply on this site, like they would any other roadway.” Police on site will also be responsible for conducting checks of the Main Street and licensed premises, beer gardens and the concert bowl. “We partner with the security partners and Camrose Fire Department to do walk-throughs of all the licensed premise areas and the concert bowl prior to them being open to the public, for safety reasons. The on-site police will respond to a wide variety of calls for service 24/7 for patrons and the vendors and support security in strategic areas for bag checks in high traffic areas throughout the event. Corbett said support is particularly offered when there is a break in

the concert and people are going back and forth from the concert site to the campground. “We engage in a very proactive and visible way with everyone that is on site so they know we are there if they need us. But we also make sure that people adhere to rules, regulations and laws to ensure everyone has an enjoyable, safe event.” Corbett pointed out that there is always a small percentage of people who may chose to engage in behaviours that are unsafe and potentially harmful to others. “We are equipped to deal with those individuals. In these cases the person(s) involved have their tickets and passes revoked and we assist the promoters and security staff with removing them from the site.” While this type of issue has the potential to occur, Corbett said that overall the vast majority of people attending the BVJ event adhere to the rules/laws. “It is a small few that we have to deal with in that regard. Generally speaking, everyone there is cooperative and happy

to see the police on site ensuring everyone remains safe.” The BVJ on-site policing service are also equipped and trained to respond to any threat to public safety, including dangerous criminal activity and threatening weather conditions. The goal of which is to respond quickly and effectively to the threat and mitigate it before it has the potential to become a serious issue. An on-site meteorologist will help in tracking weather systems and assist in preparation in the event of threatening weather, and continual communication outside the site with other law enforcement agencies, including the regular City CPS operations, will keep the on-site operations abreast of any possible external threats. As has been proven in the past, proper planning and preparedness of the on-site policing service is aimed at keeping everyone safe, including BVJ staff, volunteers and attendees while ensuring little to no disturbance to the residents of Camrose.

Diggin in for gold Submitted

Camrose and District Soccer Association are proud to announce the U13 Boys Vikings team (photo above) and U15 Boys Vikings team (photo below) both kept the gold in Camrose at the Alberta Soccer Association Provincial Championships held July 8, 9 and 10. Both teams won gold medals in the championships games played on July 10. In an incredible show of heart the U15 team members themselves decided to let the trophy go home with fallen player Conlan Davey’s parents, along with a championship medal.