After 14 years in Bridgewater, Hank is home and here to stay.
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The Hank Snow Tribute wrapped up on Sunday Aug. 18 with a big jam by all the artists who wanted another shot on the stage. From left are Michelle Clop and Vina Moses.
The Hank Snow Tribute brought in guests from across Canada and the USA. The four-day event from Aug. 15 – 18 saw over 2,000 guests, over 100 RVs, and 150 volunteers.
Charlotte White, co-chair of the Tribute says guests were very happy with the event.
“The best yet and a beautiful facility,” says White on the feedback she got.
By having the show in Queens Place Emera Centre (QPEC), extreme heat or inclement weather did not slow down the show at all.
“We’ve sat in 107 F degree temperatures in Bridgewater and to come here and some people’s feet were cold,” laughed White.
White says one of their challenges was having the RVs and some events happening at the Hank Snow Country Music Centre while main events were at QPEC. She says they overcame that with their volunteer shuttle service and the organizers plan to expand that next year.
White says the group is already thinking about next year and learning from this year’s experiences.
“We’re thinking we might do a BBQ over by the museum and maybe a craft and have the crafters from town do that,” she says.
The tribute normally has several food venues and a BBQ, this year they had just the canteen at QPEC and two suppers held by the organizers.
“The roast beef supper was sold out,” says White.
White says after the success of the weekend there is talk of creating a permanent RV park beside the Hank Snow Country Music Centre as well. White is pursuing the idea with the Region of Queens Municipality.
Part of the reason White is worried is that if the empty property near QPEC is sold, the spill over RVs will not have a place to camp for the next Hank Snow Tribute.
She would also like to see more residents of Queens County take in tribute.
Steve Burns, manager of QPEC, was pleased with the event.
“The crowd and the people that were around were just a pleasure to work with,” says Burns. “I was here pretty much all weekend and I had a blast.”