The fifth annual ?Grizfest Music Festival? took place in Tumbler Ridge on Saturday, August 5, and Sunday, August 6, approximately 2,200 enthusiasts flocked to the festival to catch the live music, celebration parade, pancake breakfast and take part in the 25th Anniversary Celebration dance.
The weekend started off with the Battle of the Bands on Friday night hosted by the Tumbler Ridge United Musicians and Performers. Three bands battled it out for the winning prize money and a chance to play on the Grizfest stage on Saturday. The ?Weekend Warriors? proved their mettle and came out the winning band.
The Lions Club put on another successful pancake breakfast serving approximately 372 people. In the morning people lined up along both sides of the parade route for the 25th Anniversary Celebration parade ?25 Years and Still Rockin? ? .
On Saturday Binder Twang from Dawson Creek inspired us as usual with their mixture of familiar tunes. The Plaid Tongued Devils, Stabilo and Faber rocked the stage with their own individual styles. The highlight of Saturday was definitely Trooper?s performance. They came out strong and the fans enthusiastically responded to the ageless classic rock. A crowd of all ages gathered around the stage in anticipation of hearing Trooper?s songs which have spanned the last three decades. The screaming, fist pumping, dancing and applause did not abate as Trooper played into the night.
The evening continued with the 25th Anniversary Celebration dance in the arena. Approximately 550 people danced the night away to Udder Maddness. Local resident Lynn Way commented that it was nice to have the dance added to the festival and she hopes that it will become an annual part of the festivities.
High Valley started off Sunday afternoon with their gospel country tunes, St James Gate in kilts and playing the bagpipes kicked up their heels and got the crowd dancing with their upbeat music, Udder Maddness playing their original tunes and Samantha King with her beautiful country voice ended the afternoon performances.
Sunday?s highlight was the small town country boys Doc Walker. Doc Walker capped off the weekend and the festival perfectly, sending fans home tired but rejuvenated by a weekend of fantastic music, friendly people and sweet Tumbler Ridge mountain air.
An awesome weekend of fine weather, fantastic music and success