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Longview Music and Arts festival celebrates one decade

Lovingly dubbed “Longstock” by organizers over coffee years ago, the popular Longview Music and Arts Festival will celebrate its 10th year this August, with visitors expected in the hundreds.

Eva Levesque, festival organizer, said excitement for the event continues to build.

“The calibre of musicians and art­ists keep growing every year,” she said. “Last year the audience sure grew too. More and more people are coming out and they’re (arriving) from all over Alberta.”

The festival occurs Aug. 19 and 20, 2017, with all the action in the Smith-Fuller Centennial Park. Music starts at noon on Saturday and runs until 9:30 p.m. Music is on from noon to 7 p.m. on Sunday.

“A person who comes to it for the first time, they always come back and they always bring friends with them,” Levesque said. “They must get a good feeling about it when they’re here.”

Guests are invited to bring their own lawn chairs and umbrellas and set themselves up on the grass. Over the two-day festival, visitors can expect folk, country, country rock and classic rock music styles.

The festival headliner is once again Donald Ray Johnson, a Grammy award winning performer from Calgary. Levesque said his set from last year was a fan-favourite.

“Last year, he brought his band and I’ve never seen that place so packed full of people,” she said, noting Ray Johnson is the top act on the Saturday night.

Levesque said the art tent has expanded. Patrons can expect paint­ings, prints, photographs, sculptures, jewelry, handmade clothing, acces­sories and fine crafts. Levesque said 40 artisans are booked.

Food, as well as a beer tent, will be available for festival attendees, Levesque said.

“When you get a taste of Long­stock, you will want to come back,” she said.

Entrance fee is a minimum dona­tion of $10 per day, Levesque said.

For more information about which musical acts will be performing or the festival itself, visit www.longstock.org or search Longstock Music and Arts Festival on Facebook.

 

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