The Millet Concert in the Country gospel country event is celebrating its 17th year with a three-day concert experience jam-packed with talent from across the province.
“(There’s) lots of good Alberta gospel music talent, especially Alberta this year,” said president Ron Fengstad. “We’ve got a treasure chest of talent here in Alberta,” he added.
The event begins Aug. 7 with an open mic concert beginning at 6:30 p.m. Fengstad says for those wanting to get involved they can show up and hope there is a spot left but to ensure stage time call him at 780-940-9290 to get on the list.
“For the open mic we’re looking for clean stuff,” Fengstad explained.
“The open mic is something new. You never know quite what to expect, there’s always a pleasant surprise,” he added.
On Aug. 8 fans can get in hours of country gospel, as the concert runs from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.
To wrap up the event on the Aug. 9 Sunday the day begins with any community festival staple, the pancake breakfast; 8:30 to 10 a.m.
Following is a chapel hour that runs until noon. The afternoon concert begin at 1 p.m. and finishes at 6:30 p.m.
Fengstad encourages everyone to come out and enjoy the family-friendly event and experience country gospel music. “We have a message of gospel, a message through music. Sometimes music can touch a life.”
All the concerts are free but goodwill offerings are appreciated. Fengstad says there will be lots of parking for those who want to take in the music, as well as RV space and shuttles to take people to the Millet Agriplex.
Fengstad says the longstanding tradition is always encouraged by the community and is also popular with visitors coming in. “There’s lots of support for the town . . . people in general are very supportive of it.”