The Pemberton Barn Dance Returns
A Pemberton tradition returns when the Pemberton Barn Dance hits town this Saturday, September 26! Resurrected from the ashes this will be the first barn dance held since the 2007 event, or 2008 if you count the original Pemberton Music Festival version.
So why has the Pemberton's summertime staple been away so long? We remember a time when the town got together once a year to embrace it's 'cowboy way' attitude, digging in the closet for that pair of cowboy boots and hat! Well, it turns out after the event's continued success the event couldn't find people to run it after the arrival of the first Pemberton Music Festival. This combined with a crowded summer schedule pushed the Barn Dance into the background year after year.
However, this is no more! Finally, the Pemberton Barn Dance makes its long-awaited return this Saturday, September 26. Pushed to a later fall start, along with a limited ticket capacity of 400 people this year's Barn Dance is expected to be a much more subdued and local affair. That's not to say guests from out of town aren't invited, heck that's just un-Pemberton-like of us. Just be aware if you want your tickets you must act quickly.
It wouldn't be a Barn Dance without some great live music. Luckily we've got two great bands playing this year's event including The Chris Buck Band and local favorites Dakota Pearl.
The Chris Buck Band are no strangers to the live concert circuit, having played 150 live shows last year alone. And Chris and the boys have the skills to back it up, last year they were named the 2014 Country Club Act of the Year by the BC Country Music Association. They have also had the opportunity to open for such artists as Sam Hunt, Thomas Rhett, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band to name a few.
The other act to hit the stage is local favorite Dakota Pearl. Comprised of local Pemby residents the boys of Dakota Pearl were the first local band selected to play at Pemberton Music Festival. Dakota Pearl has long taken inspiration from their hometown, and you can often hear lyrics referencing the beautiful farm fields, mountains and rugged countryside we call home.
The Barn Dance finds itself under a new home this year when it moves to the Community Barn. This outdoor timber structure is usually home to Pemberton's weekly Farmer's Market but has recently been hosting more and more events at its wonderful outdoor space. This also moves the Barn Dance from the Pemberton Valley into the center of the Village of Pemberton, making it more convenient for guests and residents to get themselves to and from the event. Just think no more shuttle buses to and from the Pemberton Meadows!
Pemberton Barn Dance Tickets
As previously mentioned this being the first year back the organizers have set a 400 ticket limit. Tickets cost $25 and can be purchased at the Pemberton Valley Supermarket, AC Gas & Petroleum of Pemberton Lions Club. We would suggest calling any of the listed locations if you want to track down tickets without having to come to town!
The Pemberton Barn Dance is a 19+ event. The entire barn will be fenced off and two pieces of ID will be required to enter the event.
New to this year's event, your ticket will get you a delicious plate of BBQ and all the fixings. Nothing says "country" like a BBQ! Be advised tickets grant you entry into the event and a plate of BBQ, you must purchase alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverages separately.
We don't know what they'll be charging this year but expect to pay around $5 a beer or cider. The Barn Dance is always a cash-only event, make sure to bring cash or visit the Scotiabank or Blueshore Credit Union ATM -- located just down the block from the Community Barn.
Another cool tidbit, proceeds from the event are going towards the Pemberton Lions Club & Rotary International. These two organizations in turn host local events benefiting the community and children's activities.
When: Saturday, September 26th
Where: Pemberton Community Barn -- Located on Frontier Street, the middle of the Pemberton Village
Time: 7 PM to Midnight
Tickets: Pemberton Valley Supermarket, AC Gas & Petroleum of Pemberton Lions Club
Posted: Wednesday, September 23, 2015