July 17-19, 2015

Thanks for a wounderful Fair!

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Mayor Washboard Hank!

His Worship The Mayor Washboard Hank

His Worship The Mayor Washboard Hank

Here’s our Hank at the moment of surprise — note helmet and face guard, arguably required 21st Century accessories for  such a public station.  Well… except at South Country Fair!!  Many hilarious mayoral proclamations were made during the South Stage workshop which followed, and we expect many more are yet to come.  Long live The Mayor Of The Fair!


South Country Fair… THE CALENDAR


October 2015

October 2015

The last couple years we have been very lucky to have Doug Mitchell’s eye surveying the action through his viewfinder, and as a way to begin to commemorate our approaching, very special round number anniversary organizer and volunteer coordinator extraordinaire April Blackmer struck on the idea that we should put together a calendar to count down the weeks to World Tour #30.

Thirty Fairs!  In no time Sharon at Sonny Design Media in High River had worked up an amazing layout for some most excellent pictures from 2013 and 2014.  We sold about half of them at The Fair this year and we’d like to move as many as we can while they are still relevant (kinda hard to sell last year’s calendar, eh?).  They are still just $20.00 online, same as at SCF #29  so if you missed them at the Merch Tent please head to the top right corner of this page and click the Paypal button.

Or you can pick ’em up at Sinkel or the FCCS Office in Fort Macleod.  Or drop us an email, we’ve got copies at the office too.  They go right until next July, so they’re good for almost a whole year still!


A Most Excellent Volunteer Message

Leslie at SCF-web

Leslie Lindballe

A couple of weeks ago April our volunteer coordinator forwarded this email from Leslie Lindballe (aka onepercentyellow when online), who travelled all the way from Camrose to volunteer for us this year.  Unfortunately you won’t find Leslie in the volunteer photo because she was working her shift right then on Saturday afternoon — she wanted us to be sure to say that — she says it is a really cool feature of our Fair. 

Leslie also wanted us to mention that the care represented by the water, watermelon and freezies that came around to the volunteer stations she says, are SO essential.

We love it when we find others who ‘get the festival thing’, and Leslie definitely gets it!  Her message is below, we  hope you find it as reaffirming as we did. 

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I do hope that you get many of these types of emails because I must say that SCF certainly knows how to treat its volunteers!  I’ve been telling this story over and over again as I share my stories of the fair.  Volunteering really is the best way to come to the fair.  Please feel free to share my experience wherever you please! — LL

Volunteering at South Country Fair – a testimony to the value of community

What is the value of volunteering?  For some of us still dealing with student loans or driving gas-guzzling 1981 camper vans halfway across the province to dance the heat-drenched night and day away, it’s the incentive of a cheap or free ticket.  For others, it’s the chance to feel like you belong, even if you’ve shown up at the event flying solo.  For still others, it’s a volun-Told situation.  Your significant other or family member flips that t-shirt over your head and you’re suddenly in the thick of things.  Whatever brought you to the work-for-free line, you can always hope to land one of those dream volunteer experiences.  We’ve all heard of them.  It’s when you have the best time ever, get to meet bands or get special treatment, just because you put in a few hours to help make the magic happen for all the folks who have more money than time.

Let me tell you, South Country Fair is just that volunteer position.

I’ll break it down for those who have never been to the fair (and why not!?!?!).  SCF happens in Fort McLeod in a little campground next to the river.  The bottom part of the campground is full of trees, is close to the river and right next to where the music happens.  The top part of the camping area is a baseball field and grassy lot that is also fairly close to the music, but a bit more of a hike to get to the tunes.  When you are a SCF volunteer, you are given early access to the camping area (Wednesday or Thursday night) and that means you can move into the prime real estate, set up a few tents for your friends, and be everyone’s hero for the weekend!  And it’s only the volunteers that are allowed in that early, so the first couple days at the fair, you’re meeting all the other super rad folks who care so much about the festival that they’re donating their time.  Or… you’re meeting fellow students, musicians, creative folk or others who get to spend their work days as Corin Raymond “paid to party” days.

So, you’ve already got the best spot to camp (for free!). You’ve met some cool people and beat the crowd in getting into the grounds, but what are you going to do for entertainment? Well, SCF puts on a volunteer supper and private pre-concert party for the volunteers on Thursday night!  And let me tell you, the campfire jams that night are not to be beat!  Free food, beautiful music, and then more camaraderie among the best kind of people – volunteers!

Ok… now let’s get down to business.  It’s Friday.  It’s GO time! Get to your shift in your snazzy t-shirt and be treated like gold.  I can’t tell you how many times over the weekend that I heard shout-outs from the stage, from the festival go-ers from fellow volunteers how awesome and essential volunteers are!  One host created a hug-a-volunteer mandate and suddenly there were people hugging me and I felt compelled to hug people in those lovely blue shirts.

But it’s work, right?  Volunteering is work, right?  Well, yes and no.  You know those days of getting on your riding mower with tunes in your ears and a beverage in your hand and feeling like you’re really on a Harley on the open road?  That’s more what it’s like.  Since SCF volunteering is so rad, there are a lot of us!  That means that there are many hands that make light work constantly.  I have yet to be on a volunteer shift at SCF where I felt drained or defeated.

My favourite shift this year was not my own!  I accompanied another volunteer to her shift and sat at the gate with my ukulele for a couple hours jammin with the girls there.  We made up a clever song about two wieners I had seen sitting on a fire in the rain the day before.

And then, there’s the fair!  That’s it’s own story all together.  SCF is unparalleled.  Amazing music, great venue, awesome vendors, river floating, music, dancing, theme camping. Oh my!  It’s like a dozen parties in one.

And then, suddenly it’s Sunday.  And…. yet ANOTHER volunteer party with free delicious food and a private rockin’ concert followed by the last of the campfire jams for the weekend with those same sweet folks you met on Wednesday.

Volunteering at SCF is the best 8 to 12 hours I have ever put in at a festival.  This must be the feeling of being a queen… the work is light, the gold is plentiful and that lovely feeling of being uber important just keeps you waving!




Program #29!

Here is our downloadable festival program fresh off the layout table complete with a full schedule of performance times.  NB: the schedule can change suddenly due to the nature of live presenting and forces beyond our control, just so y’know!



A Blast From #28

This just in from Wanderlust Media.  You may remember that last year there was guy with a GoPro-outfitted drone taking shots of The Fair from way up in the air.  That was Scott McCaffrey.   Scott has captured an essence of our beautiful, beautiful thing in a way that has been heretofore unrealized.  If you’ve never been, this is an updated snapshot in motion of what you’ve been missing.  Thanks a million Scott!


Advance Weekend Passes… GO!

Early Bird Weekend Passes are sold out, a couple weeks earlier than usual too.  The good news is that Advance passes are now available — get ’em by clicking the Pleasant Solutions hummingbird logo — $90/$80, Adult/Student-Senior tax in.


A Taste O’ 29

The complete lineup for World Tour XXIX is still a couple weeks off, but to give you an idea here’s a bit of a hint of what you can see at South Country Fair this July.


Jenny Ritter — a powerful Canadian West Coast writer and performer with a good warm wind in her sails and rather a lot more to show for it than just a creel of songs.

Jenny Ritter 1-web

Sean Rowe — from upstate New York with a stunning baritone voice.  Sean possesses a startling lyrical sensitivity and a fresh, switched on approach to the palette of musical textures and arrangement in the Folk Americana vein.

The Wet Secrets — Edmonton’s surrealist roots sensations taking the country by storm!  Don’t let the outfits fool you… there isn’t a majorette in the lot!

wet secrets - pointing






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