Weather affects attendance at benefit concert

The Tribute to Cariboo Cowboys concert went ahead as planned at the Little Horse Lodge campground June 22-24

Darcey Smith

Darcey Smith

Poor weather put a damper on a benefit event aimed at raising money for a local family in need of support.

The Tribute to Cariboo Cowboys concert went ahead as planned at the Little Horse Lodge campground June 22-24, despite heavy rain that affected attendance, and despite the expected passing of family head Dan Lytton.

While it was hoped Lytton would be able to watch the concert later on video, he passed away just days before the event. He was a longtime and respected resident of the Interlakes area who was well known as a top team roper, cowboy and farrier.

Concert co-ordinator Darcey Smith was expecting and counting on more than 100 people to attend the outdoor event, which featured high-profile entertainers Alan Moberg, Hugh McLennan and Ivan Daines, along with several talented local singers and musicians.

However, just 60 people showed up, and while others dropped by to give cash donations and others donated their talent and equipment, Smith isn’t sure expenses will be covered.

Those who braved the weather throughout the weekend found the entertainers were second to none.

The “Big 3” were inspiring and their heartfelt songs brought tears to many, says Smith.

“It was an emotional but happy weekend for everyone. Alan, Hugh and Ivan want us to carry on with the concert and they want to come back again to perform.”