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Popular Longstock Music and Arts Festival returns

KN-LongstockFestivalSTORY BY KEVIN RUSHWORTH

Visitors from near and far are once again invited back with open arms to the Village of Longview for what is now the 9th annual Longstock Music and Arts Festival.

Eva Levesque, organizer and member of folk group The Travelling Mabels, expressed her enthusiasm for the event—one that originated through coffee and conversation—that is growing every year.

“This is a small community, but we’ve got tons of local talent and it’s not just the musicians who are coming out to play,” she said. “A new band goes on every 45 minutes to an hour.”

This year’s festival takes place August 20 and 21 in Centennial Park. Music starts at noon on Saturday and continues until 9 p.m. On Sunday, the festivities begin at noon and conclude at 7 p.m.

But, there is more than just music, according to Levesque. Not only is there a beer garden and concession stand, but there will also be artists and vendors housed within a tent on the festival site.

“Last year we counted 750 to 800 people a day coming through the gates,” she said.

The festival atmosphere is relaxed, Levesque added. Community members and tourists are welcome to bring their own lawn chairs and blankets to sit on the grass. Dogs are welcome
on leash.

“People who have come are coming back every year and they’re bringing their friends and neighbours with them,” she added. “It starts as word of mouth and it grows that way.”

The Longstock Music and Arts Festival is unique in that the musical style changes with each band that performs. Levesque said it’s not all country or rock, but that a variety of music is played.

Guests arrive from across Alberta, she added. Enjoy performances from The Travelling Mabels, Magnolia Buckskin, the Thrillbillies and the Mike MacKenzie band. Ahead of the festival, Levesque invited visitors
to Longview.

“Come out, sit in the grass, have a cold one and enjoy the show,” she said.

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