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Fred Fest this weekend

Second annual event back after pandemic hiatus 
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Local musician Kyle McKearney, the headline act for Fred Fest 2022.

Local music fans are being invited to Fred Fest this weekend, a two-day folk and country festival spearheaded by Fred McCrae – the event’s organizer and namesake.  

McCrae says the event came to be after local country music star Kyle McKearney came home to play in Fort St. John just over two years ago. 

“We had a mini show a couple years ago due to the fact that Kyle McKearney was coming to town, and so we did it then – it was actually him who came up with the Fred Fest name,” said McCrae. “He’s going to be our final act Friday night.”  

The McKearney family has roots in the Peace region, added McCrae, with the family being well-known music talent all the way back to the 1960s.  

“It’s all local music. Family friendly, and lots of camping,” he said.  

With bands playing on August 19 and 20, McCrae recommends setting up camp on Thursday to get settled in. Food trucks will be on site, but attendees are welcome to bring their own coolers and lawn chairs.  

The event will be held near the Peace Valley lookout on private land, with the site overlooking the river valley.  

It’s the first time since 2020 that the festival has been held, going on hiatus after the inaugural year due the COVID-19 pandemic.  

In addition to McKearney, The Montney Coulees Band, and Tom Cole and the Ridge Riders are also set to play.


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