Several notable performers will serenade the crowd for the Kitscoty Mini Gospel Jamboree at the Kitscoty Community Hall on Aug. 16.
“We have our local Touch of Grace that will start off the day for us and some other fairly local people that get an opportunity to share their music,” said Shirley Scott, member of the Celebrate Kitscoty committee.
“We’ve got The Amundruds that are local. We’ve got one coming from Sherwood Park. Then of course we’ve got Yvonne St. Germaine, who’s well known as a recording star and she’s coming from Saskatoon. That’s kind of the highlight having her.”
The Gospel Jamboree has developed into an notable annual event for Kitscoty. While the Celebrate Kitscoty committee accepts monetary donations from guests, which it reinvests in the following year’s program, the event is not set up as a fundraiser.
Instead, it serves as a day of entertainment, celebration and gospel music for residents in Kitscoty and beyond.
“It becomes quite a community of people because a lot of people travel to a lot of jamborees. It’s a good time to come and meet friends and make new friends,” said Scott. “There’s a whole circuit of jamborees that go on in the summertime in different communities. We just like to be able to offer that in our community as well.”
Touch of Grace is scheduled to kick off the day around 10:30 a.m. in a performance that Scott says will appear similar to a “mini church service”. It wraps up around 7 p.m. after The Amundruds take to the stage.
The event also has breaks planned for lunch and dinner, and both meals will be available for sale at the Community Hall.
Last year, the Gospel Jamboree drew about 100 people, but Scott says that the committee is less concerned about the number of people that show up, and more focused on the quality of the event.
“Whoever comes, comes. And that varies from year to year, you just never know who’s going to be there,” she said. “We just welcome whoever comes to enjoy the day with us.”