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Port George Country Jamboree 2018 chairman, Dave Diggins, mans the ticket booth at the entrance of the festival grounds, happy to greet the attendees as they arrive.
Port George Country Jamboree 2018 chairman, Dave Diggins, mans the ticket booth at the entrance of the festival grounds, happy to greet the attendees as they arrive. - Chris Saulnier

PORT GEORGE, NS - For the past 23 years, Dave Diggins has faithfully shown up at the Port George Country Jamboree, ready to work and listen to the music that fills the air for the full-day event.

He showed up bright and early July 28, and so did people from across Nova Scotia. The gates opened at 7 a.m., and people were ready to pour in and snag a good spot in front of the stage as they prepared for 11 hours of live country music. In recent years, the annual event has seen up to 4,000 people in attendance, and this year was no exception.

Port George Country Jamboree attracts thousands of music lovers each year. But there’s also a 200-table flea market, food, kids’ activities, and a great social atmosphere – all on the edge of the Bay of Fundy.
Port George Country Jamboree attracts thousands of music lovers each year. But there’s also a 200-table flea market, food, kids’ activities, and a great social atmosphere – all on the edge of the Bay of Fundy.

 

Diggins, who is the chairman of this year’s Port George Country Jamboree, was stationed at the entrance, giving out programs and tickets to those looking to take part and have a good time. Diggins says he enjoys doing everything he can to contribute.

“I’m a doer,” said Diggins. “I like to do as much as I can and help to get others to volunteer to do what they can too.”

Diggins added that planning for the annual event, which celebrated its 36th anniversary July 28, began back in March. His favourite part of being involved is getting to work with his fellow Lions and give back to the community.

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Annapolis Valley residents Margree Guest, left, and John Bishop said they came to the festival this year for the music, crowds, and flea market. While Bishop has attended many times in the past, this was Guest’s first time.
Annapolis Valley residents Margree Guest, left, and John Bishop said they came to the festival this year for the music, crowds, and flea market. While Bishop has attended many times in the past, this was Guest’s first time.

 

The annual event, he says, is made possible through collaboration between the Kingston, Middleton, and Lawrencetown Lions Clubs, the community of Port George and hundreds of hardworking volunteers. The Parsons family is a big help, allowing the use of their land to hold the festival, he adds.

“I like the camaraderie with the other people that are in our club,” said Diggins. “All of us working together, the Lions family working together, giving back; I just enjoy doing it.”

Proceeds raised from the jamboree go back into the respective communities for charitable works.

Kingston Lion Bob Lyle was back again donning his Lions Club cowboy hat as the Master of Ceremonies for the Port George Country Jamboree this year.
Kingston Lion Bob Lyle was back again donning his Lions Club cowboy hat as the Master of Ceremonies for the Port George Country Jamboree this year.

 

Kingston Lion Bob Lyle donned his classic cowboy hat back again as this year’s master of ceremonies. In his 25th year involved with the event, Lyle said he feels like the jamboree is part of his life and plans to keep it that way for as long as he can.

“The reason that I am a part of it and like to be a part of it is because it’s part of my life, my wife and I volunteer, and we have so much fun together,” said Lyle. “As long as my health stays good and Barb and I have the energy level and are able to come out, we’ll continue to do it.”

Music group Best of Intentions performing another year at the Port George Country Jamboree.
Music group Best of Intentions performing another year at the Port George Country Jamboree.

 

Lyle also books all the entertainment and does all the advertising – and he also preformed this year as well.

While music plays a huge part in this annual event, there’s a lot more going on, including a 200-table flea market, a 50/50 draw and a lot of amazing food to enjoy.

Monica Beaton, centre, of Darrin Beaton and His Band, and her two children, Mackenzie Beaton, left, and Norman Beaton, enjoying the food and music after performing in the morning.
Monica Beaton, centre, of Darrin Beaton and His Band, and her two children, Mackenzie Beaton, left, and Norman Beaton, enjoying the food and music after performing in the morning.

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