Cariboo Country Night a foot-stomping good time

The 13th Annual Cariboo Country Night takes place at the Watch Lake Community Hall, Sept. 8

Cariboo country night will include good old country music entertainment, barbecue steak dinner complete with all the fix-ins and an evening of dancing.

This is what folks will find during the 13th Annual Cariboo Country Night at the Watch Lake Community Hall, Sept. 8.

This popular concert, dinner and dance is hosted by the Watch Lake Green Lake Resort Guest Ranch & Business Association. (GLWLRGRBA)

Mark McMillan, master of ceremonies for the evening, says they normally sell out every year.

Doors open at 4:30 p.m., with music beginning at 5. There will be some games at 6 p.m. and a break for dinner at 6:30.

A second dinner theatre concert set will begin at 7 p.m. before the floor is opened up for the dance, beginning at 8.

McMillan says the entertainment lineup includes 100 Mile House resident Leslie Ross and it will be her first time playing at the Cariboo Country Night.

She has been singing and playing guitar since she was seven years old. Her music style includes a mix of easy listening and folk from the ’60s and ’70s, but she will entertain this audience with her numerous county selections.

Ross says she has returned to entertaining on stage after a number of years of being away to raise her son. She has played at a number of venues around the Cariboo, including regular performances for the residents of Fischer Place and Mill Site Lodge.

“I like to connect with people through music, and give back to the community.”

Cowboy singer Matt Johnston from Upper Clearwater will perform many of his original cowboy tunes.

Johnston has been writing and performing at Cowboy Festivals, concerts and gatherings for more than a decade. In 2002 and 2003, he was nominated for the “Rising Western Star Award” by the Academy of Western Arts in Fort Worth, and again in 2010, for the “Male Western Vocalist.”

Green Lake resident Ernie Doyle is returning again this year and is always a crowd favourite. He will entertain the crowd with his powerful booming voice and good old-time country music.

Doyle has never missed a Cariboo Country Night event, says McMillan.

Funds raised from the evening will go to the GLWLRGRBA for area promotion in the tourism field and marketing of the Green Lake and Watch Lake resort area, adds McMillan.

Tickets for the Cariboo Country Night are available at the 70 Mile General Store, Watch Lake Lodge, Little Horse Lodge, Ace High Resort and Meadow Springs Ranch, and are $25 a person, including dinner and dance.

Call McMillan at 250-456-2425 or check www.cariboovacations.com for more details or to make arrangements for tickets to be picked up in 100 Mile House.