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Peace Valley Folk Fest back on the summer calendar

Eight performers lined up, with more expected
Ben Waechter, who performs under the stage name Ben Matchett, organizer for the first annual Peace Valley Folk Fest. (Supplied)

The Peace Valley Folk Festival is cautiously moving ahead this summer after having to cancel last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Organizer and artist Ben Waechter says music is the main focus of the two-day event Aug. 6 and 7 at the Pearkes Centre in Hudson's Hope.

Folky Strum Strum, Danny Bell, Naomi Shore, The Brain Porter, Party on High Street, Rose Prairie Romance, Airik Clark, and Mechanical Botanicals are slated to play, with more artists being added to the growing roster.

“The artists are ecstatic. I haven’t talked to one that’s not super excited for the opportunity to play live,” said Waechter. “A lot of these artists were close being able to play full-time, but they had to take other jobs due to COVID.”

Tickets will be available on a first come, first served basis – keeping numbers in line with potentially changing provincial health guidelines and restrictions. 

Currently only 50 people are allowed at outdoor gatherings, though event capacity is expected to increase starting in July if provincial immunization targets are reached.

“We’re getting a lot of good response to the idea, but I understand that people are shy to buy tickets. A lot of things have been cancelled, we understand that,” Waechter said, adding refunds will be made available if needed.

“With 10 people or 250, we’re going to go ahead, until we’re told not to,” Waechter said.

Tom Summer, Alaska Highway News, Local Journalism Initiative. Email