Bashaw among seven finalists for small-town concert

Bashaw is back in contention for Small Town Saturday Night honours.

Bashaw is back in contention for Small Town Saturday Night honours.

For the second straight year, Bashaw is among the seven finalists in a bid to stage a big-name country music concert in partnership with the Big Valley Jamboree.

“We are obviously excited to be a finalist again,” said Jackie Northey, a member of the Bashaw bid committee.

After finishing fourth last year in the inaugural contest, Bashaw battles this year against Bonnyville, Cold Lake, Foremost, Grimshaw, Namao and New Sarepta.

Online voting runs to 11:59 p.m. on March 25.

“We have a group of adults active to get the vote out,” Northey said.

“Not only do we have adults organizing, but also younger people and students in the community who are creating videos and posters. Everyone is involved and doing a great job.

“Now, the key is to keep that momentum going until the 25th.”

The contest — and concert — winner is slated to be announced March 28.

“Vote each day, share our video with your friends and family and ask them to vote for Bashaw, and add your friends and family to the Facebook group,” Northey said.

Communities are vying for an April 27 concert headlined by Chad Brownlee, with a songwriters’ circle that is expected to feature Clayton Bellamy, Alee, Bobby Wills and Tenille.

Videos are posted on YouTube, and the finalists are noted on the contest website.

“What we’re doing is trying to make people aware, and then encourage them to start voting online from the first day,” Northey said.

“What helped Legal win last year was that they had surrounding communities support them from the start, and that’s the only way to help give Bashaw the boost.”

Stettler, one of the top-10 communities last year, decided not to enter the contest this year, but a spokesman said that town would consider entering the competition every second year.