With the 62nd annual Floyd Lion's Club Jamboree beginning today, some of our staff decided to ask participants why they love the jamboree so much. Here's what some of them had to say:
• Fred Patterson, program director:
"We've got a great line up of singers. I think everyone will like the show.
"It's our Lion's Club big fundraiser of the year. We use the money for all kinds of things. We use it for vision projects for kids who need glasses and can't afford them. And we have two or three scholarships we give out every year for the Floyd area. And sometimes we have someone in the community who has a tragedy and we help them through it."
• Dave Nash, master of ceremonies:
"There are new people on the show and new songs. You can always count on the show to live up to the classic country. The main thing is it's a family show. You can bring your grandmother or your granddaughter and not be embarrassed. We keep it clean. We represent what we as a community and as the Lion's Club want to represent (family).
"That's what it takes is a lot of involvement by a lot of people. I'm especially excited about this year's show though. It's some of the best talent in the country, in my opinion. You get musicians of that talent playing together, it really comes out. They really put on an awesome show."
• Linda Miller Brown, performer:
"It's just a big part of the Floyd community. It's a good excuse for people to get together to enjoy themselves. We don't take a whole lot of opportunities to do things like this and it's a good thing. It's a good opportunity to enjoy being together. It's just a good place to be."
• Dink Miller, Sunday gospel director:
"It's gone real smooth. I've…some excellent people to work with.
"We've…a totally new program this time for the Sunday Gospel Show. It's completely different performers. We've…some real fine talent lined up. I believe we've…a real good show. If we can just get some people in attendance now, we've got it made."
• What: Floyd Lion's Club Jamboree.
• Where: Floyd schools gym.
• When: 7 p.m. today-Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday.
• Cost: $6 per person; children under 5 free.
• Information: 760-0924.
- There will 30 acts in this year's jamboree with 45 to 50 songs being played each night.
- Funds from the jamboree go towards Roosevelt County community projects, such as providing children with glasses when their families can't afford them.
- Jamboree coordinators held an eight-hour dress rehearsal Sunday in which they fed all the performers a brisket dinner.
- The oldest jamboree performer is Fred Chandler, 79, who has been playing for the jamboree off and on for 30 years.
- The youngest jamboree performers are 9-year-old twins, Lexie and Mckenzie Lee, who perform in a band with their 11-year-old sister, Rebecca.
- Jamboree coordinators have collected pictures from the last 50 years of the jamboree and put them on a DVD.
- From research done by event coordinators, they have found that the jamboree appears to be the longest running amateur country music show in the U.S.
- This is Dave Nash's 11th year as master of ceremonies for the event.
- Linda Miller Brown and Ronny Fouts have been part of the show the longest, with Brown having performed in the jamboree for 43 years. She began playing in the show at 8-years-old. Brown said Fouts was already playing in the show as a teenager when she started in 1969.
— Compiled by CMI staff writer Alisa Boswell.