It may be a lucky year for the Vankleek Hill Food Bank Jamboree. The seventh edition of the event, which is a fundraiser for the Vankleek Hill Food Bank (as the name indicates) is taking place on Saturday, July 7.

The Jamboree is one of many events in Vankleek Hill which is carrying on despite the loss of the matching funds support from the Team Scotia Community program. But organizers are optimistic that community support for the event will continue and are hoping for great weather on July 7.

Organizers are especially thrilled to welcome the popular Wayne Rostad of “On The Road Again” fame. Rostad will be performing this year as well as  50 Proof, the Alleykatts, The Stray Dogs, The Country Boys and Pascale Picard. Roger Hamelin will kick off the afternoon with his old-time favourites. This year’s show begins at 2 p.m. and continues until 11 p.m. outside, under the big tent in the Windsor Tavern parking lot. The gates will open at 1 p.m. (Note that after 11 p.m., Sidetrack will be performing inside the Windsor Tavern following the Jamboree.)

The event is once again hosted by The Review and the Windsor Tavern. Emcee Gord Nixon joined the Jamboree Committee this year and has undertaken to organize the afternoon’s entertainment roster.

Major sponsor slots are already filled, but there is still the chance to become a minor sponsor of the event. Major sponsors are part of all of the advertising at the event and their banners will be displayed at the Jamboree. Minor sponsors are included in Review advertising for two weeks previous to the event and will be listed on the Facebook event and will be part of the printed programme made available at the event. If you or your company is interested in becoming a minor sponsor $299 donation or less), please contact sponsorship coordinator Richard Charest at 613-678-2947. Charest is hoping that the committee will enrol more minor sponsors to offset the loss of Scotiabank support and the committee has worked hard to reduce some of its costs in order to maximize the donation to the Vankleek Hill Food Bank.

Other volunteers include Lloyd and Irene Howes and the Reverend Robert Martin, representing the Vankleek Hill Food Bank. Troy Carkner has signed on this year to organize several large door prizes which will be given away at the event.

Food will once again be provided by the enthusiastic Vankleek Hill Synchro Skating Club volunteers as a fundraiser for that group.

One of the programs supported by the Vankleek Hill Food Bank is the “Milk for Kids” program, which is offered in four area schools, thanks to this fundraising event.

Advance tickets will go on sale starting May 19.

For information about sponsorship, volunteering or for any questions, contact volunteers Richard Charest (613 678 2947) or Louise Sproule (613-678-5466) or Mike St. Denis (613-678-2122).

Find the event on Facebook, or see the ad in The Review for more details and the complete entertainment schedule, including performances times for your favourite groups or performers.

All advertising, and printing of posters and tickets is provided courtesy of The Review.