While the Hoodstock Pop & Blues Festival might be familiar to some in its former inception, the festival’s return after a two-year hiatus is promising to be an even bigger draw, not only to Fairmont, but the Valley as a whole.
The festival brings together people from all over the Columbia Valley and beyond for a day of fun for the family with something for everyone.
Tracy Connery is one of the organizers of this year’s Hoodstock Pop & Blues Festival, which is going to be held at Coy’s Par 3 on July 9. “This is a great venue for the event,” Connery said.
In a press release about the upcoming event, organizers stated, “Festivals around the province have enjoyed wonderful success through the support of sponsors, vendors and attendees from near and far, Nakusp Music Fest being a fine example. Hoodstock, back bigger and better this July 9, looks to follow this archetype, offering music and festival lovers from all over a lively day of music, entertainment, food and market. In sublime view of the Fairmont Range and the festival’s inspiration, the iconic hoodoos, from the scenic expanse of the driving range at Coy’s Par 3 Golf course, the likes of McCuaig, Matthew Blaise and Mighty Joe Young along with local Thinking Man and several others, will keep folks rocking and rolling from 2 p.m. in the afternoon well into the warm summer evening.”
One of the reasons why the event returned was that people in the community were interested in seeing the event return.
Kids have always been welcome at Hoodstock and this year will be no exception. Kids passes will be available at the door, giving kids access to their own version of the festival, complete with entertainment, spray-on tattoos, and a variety of fun activities, making Hoodstock as memorable for the youngsters as well as mom and dad.
“It has always been a family event and we are going more for a family atmosphere. It is now in a place where it has capacity to grow and become a bigger, more successful event,” Connery said.
A beer garden will be set-up stage-side and food vendors will be offering up everything from french fries to falafels. Various unique vendors and artisans, from the Valley and beyond, will offer up a great selection in the Hoodstock Market.
The organizers also stressed how Hoodstock is the only festival of its kind in the Columbia Valley and everyone benefits from its success and continued growth.
Sponsorship, vendors and volunteer opportunities are still available, so people still have the chance to get on board for the event.
For more information about sponsorship opportunities and to purchase tickets, please visit www.hoodstock.info, with proceeds going to Cops for Kids and the Red Cross along with some local charities.