Yee Haw Warburg Harvest Hoedown

Pipestone Flyer

It’s pretty hard to beat toe-tappingly good, canned country music at events. In fact, only one thing can beat it – live music, from the heart music. From September 19 through 21, 2014, between 300 to 325 attendees of the Warburg Harvest Hoedown enjoyed old-time country music jam sessions with the convenience of meals served on site.

Three core bands were joined by over sixty talented singers, and fifty jamming fiddlers, guitarists, and bass players. Throw in all the homey comforts of RV camping just a stone’s throw away, and you have the makings of an incredible weekend.

These jam sessions are becoming such a popular event, the next ones have already been scheduled for 2015 – The first weekend in June, the second weekend in August (both called the Warburg Community Jamboree), and the third weekend in September is known as the Warburg Harvest Hoedown.

Chuck Gordy of Edmonton wears the chief organizer cap and has been organizing country jam sessions in various locations in Alberta for over ten years. His friend, Vern Stocking, is the MC and sound man. Les and Susie Szepesi of Warburg are the local organizers and contacts.

With so many RVs converging on Warburg for the event, the area at the west end of the arena resembled a KOA campground. Les was quite impressed with the growing number of people attending, “We had over 80 RVs this time!” An added perk is the free shuttle service provided by Gordy from the hall to the camping area.

“It’s not just old people that come to jam,” said Susie, “On Friday night we had a 16-year-old girl playing polkas, jigs and reels. And she was good!” Guests attended from as far away as British Columbia, Saskatchewan, and Slave Lake.

Gordy invited three bands from Eckville and Westlock to serve as the core musicians. They rotate playing all weekend long.

The jam singers and instrumental musicians are granted free admission, but must register. This year, there were over sixty singers, each allowed to sing two songs with the band providing backup music. Fifty jammers registered. Their instrument cases sitting on tables running the length of the hall made quite the impression. These entertainers have heart, too. Gordy said some of them arrived on Monday and took time out to sing for the seniors at Cloverleaf Manor.

Jam sessions are non-profit which necessitates admission and meal fees. Susie and Joan Sommer run the concession to help defray event expenses.

These jam sessions are a great community builder with good old-time country music and Sunday gospel music,  good meals, and good times. The organizers would love to see you at an upcoming session.

“Come join the fun, meet new people and dance the weekend away,” said Gordy. “We have a big area for RV parking. Even the Mayor comes out to join us for fun, food and dancing!”

Just Posted

file photo
UPDATE: Leduc RCMP, Millet Fire Department and more on scene at serious multi-vehicle collision

Traffic is expected to be diverted for several hours and alternative travel routes are recommended.

File photo
Leduc RCMP request assistance to identify armed robbery suspect

Leduc RCMP are searching for suspect involved in an armed robbery at the Leduc Giant Tiger.

Alberta is now below 3,000 active cases of COVID-19, as the province reported 2,639 Wednesday. (NIAID-RML via AP)
Red Deer below 100 active COVID-19 cases for first time since March

69.7 per cent of Albertans 12 and over have at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine

Premier Jason Kenney says the provincial government is doing everything it can to encourage Albertans to get vaccinated. (Photo by Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta)
Travel prizes added to Alberta’s vaccine lottery

More than 40 travel rewards available for those who are fully vaccinated

People line up to get their COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination centre, Thursday, June 10, 2021 in Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Vaccines, low COVID case counts increase Father’s Day hope, but risk is still there

Expert says people will have to do their own risk calculus before popping in on Papa

The Calgary skyline is seen on Friday, Sept. 15, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
2 deaths from COVID-19 Delta variant in Alberta, 1 patient was fully immunized

Kerry Williamson with Alberta Health Services says the patients likely acquired the virus in the hospital

A vial containing the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine is shown at a vaccination site in Marcq en Baroeul, outside Lille, northern France, Saturday, March 20, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Michel Spingler
mRNA vaccines ‘preferred’ for all Canadians, including as 2nd dose after AstraZeneca: NACI

New recommendations prioritizes Pfizer, Moderna in almost all cases

House Majority Whip James Clyburn, D-S.C., center left, reaches over to Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., joined by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., center, and members of the Congressional Black Caucus as they celebrate the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act that creates a new federal holiday to commemorate June 19, 1865, when Union soldiers brought the news of freedom to enslaved Black people after the Civil War, at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, June 17, 2021. It’s the first new federal holiday since Martin Luther King Jr. Day was created in 1983. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Biden to sign bill making Juneteenth a federal holiday

New American stat marks the nation’s end of slavery

A screenshot of the First Peoples Cultural Councils First Peoples’ Map. (First Peoples Cultural Council)
Online resource blends B.C.-Alberta’s Indigenous languages, art and culture

Advisor says initiative supports the urgent need to preserve Indigenous languages

A plane is silhouetted as it takes off from Vancouver International Airport in Richmond, B.C., May 13, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Report calls for airlines to refund passengers for flights halted due to COVID-19

Conclusion: federal help should be on the condition airlines immediately refund Canadian travellers

Green party Leader Annamie Paul speaks during a news conference on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Tuesday, June 15, 2021. Paul has survived another day of party strife after a planned ouster shifted course, leaving her with a tenuous grip on power ahead of a likely federal election this year. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
Green Leader Annamie Paul blasts ‘racist,’ ‘sexist’ party execs who sought ouster

Fallout has continued, with two of the federal council’s members resigning

Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and U.S President Joe Biden shake hands during their meeting at the ‘Villa la Grange’ in Geneva, Switzerland in Geneva, Switzerland, Wednesday, June 16, 2021. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, Pool)
Biden says meeting with Putin not a ‘kumbaya moment’

But U.S. president asserted Russian leader is interested in improved relations, averting a Cold War

Most Read