A celebration of one of Liverpool's best-known exports returns this weekend.
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The Hank Snow tribute returns this weekend, for a weekend full of music in tribute to the well known singer.
This year marks the 24th year for the Hank Snow Tribute, and it's second back in Liverpool. The tribute runs from Aug. 14 to Aug. 17.
Though the organizers were originally a little worried about moving the tribute from Bridgewater, it turned out to be for naught.
"I couldn't have hoped for a better first tribute back in Liverpool last year," said Kelly Inglis, co-chair of the tribute.
She says the numbers were better than expected, both in attendance and RV's, and those that were skeptical of the move were pleasantly surprised by new location.
This year they are improving upon that success, taking into account suggestions they received from last year.
The Hank Snow Home Town Museum will have extended hours from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and a shuttle service will be available from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Inglis says the shuttle hours are designed so people can get out and explore the community, and to help get people to take in the downtown core a map was produced showcasing some of the businesses of Liverpool.
One of the hits from last year was the roast beef supper, which will return again on Friday night. They've also added another supper, lobster chowder, on Saturday night.
Another addition will be more food, in the form of the Kinsmen French Fry booth and Gavin Whynot's BBQ. Whynot has had his BBQ at the tribute since the beginning, with the exception of last year, and brings his grilling skills back once again.
RV's have always been a big part of the tribute's culture, and they will likely start arriving Sunday in anticipation of the tribute. The grounds next to the Hank Snow Home Town Museum will be sectioned off to accommodate them, with overflow parking at Queens Place Emera Centre.
Inglis says RV registration is already up over last year, so there should be quite a few parked next to the museum during the tribute.
Other small but important things will be improved as well, such as more port-a-potties and a better lighting system.
Hank's surviving band members the Rainbow Ranch Boys have been a fixture for many years, but Inglis says due to illness they won't be able to make it this year.
However Inglis says the lineup is a great mix between old favourites and new acts.
"I think this lineup is going to make a great weekend entertainment wise"
One of the new acts is Jan and Joe Edwards from Nashville. Joe is a regular back up musician on the grand old opry, and has been performing for 48 years. They will be closing out the show on Saturday night.
"They actually cancelled shows in Nashville to come up for this," says Inglis.
Many of the long time favourites are returning, including the Open Mic from 1-4 p.m. and the Youth Competition at 5:30 p.m., both on Friday.
The youth competition returns with a couple of changes this year. The first is there is now two age categories, and the second is all performances must have a musical accompaniment to go with them.
Continuing to Saturday, the Songwriter's circle with Joyce Seamone goes from 9-10 a.m., and the Sounds like Hank Contest starts at 5:30 p.m.
This year also sees the return of the best dressed contest.
The headliner on Thursday night was a surprise hit from last, Naomi Bristow. This year she is sharing the stage with Johnny Burke for a few duets.
"She performed and then there was supposed to be a 15 minute intermission before Carroll Baker was on. When Bristow did her set the crowd went wild."
After her performance about half the crowd went down to get her autography, and they had to push back Baker's starting time to accommodate them.
On Friday night the headline performance will be Jason Price, who Inglis says has a sound like George Jones.
Saturday sees Jan and Joe Edwards finish of the evening, and the tribute finishes off on Sunday afternoon with the big jam.
A weekend pass for the tribute is $65, while daily passes are available for $25 on Thursday, $20 on Friday and $25 on Saturday. Sunday's show is by free will offering.