Floyd Country Jamboree worth the drive

I spent most of Sunday afternoon in the Floyd High School gymnasium watching a loosely-organized, laughter-filled dress rehearsal of the Floyd Lions’ Club Country Jamboree, which kicks

Betty Williamson

Betty Williamson

off its 64th season at 7 p.m. today.

If you’ve never attended, here’s what you may expect to find: A rock-solid band (which together boasts something like an astonishing 175 years of Jamboree experience), good clean family fun (longtime emcee David Nash brags that “you can bring your grandkids or your grandmother, and you will not be embarrassed”), an enormous array of regional talent (the show runs about three hours, and organizers don’t mind if you bring a pillow to enhance the padded folding chairs and bleachers), and a full slate of toe-tapping, knee-slapping classic country music.

On top of that, every penny of the $6 general admission tickets — available at the door — stays locally, allowing the Lions to award scholarships, buy eyeglasses for Roosevelt County kids in need, and provide assistance to local families burdened with unexpected hardship.

Performances (fueled throughout by a concession stand, and a senior class Navajo taco fundraiser supper at 5 p.m. Friday) are today through Saturday at 7 p.m., with the traditional gospel show at 2 p.m. Sunday.

“Not only a good show, but a great cause,” David Nash reminds us, and well worth the drive to Floyd.

Betty Williamson delights in finding G-rated entertainment in a PG-13 world. You may reach her at pepnm@hotmail.com.

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