History the Flinton Community Jamboree
The Flinton Jamboree originally started as the Flinton Country Bluegrass Jamboree – a fund raising event for the Flinton Recreation Club. The brainchild of Donna, Duane and Willard Thibault, the Jamboree was envisioned as a way to raise money for a permanent roof over the skating rink at the Flinton Township Hall. The Flinton Recreation Club has faithfully raised money and maintained recreation facilities for public use for many years. Enclosing the skating rink maintained by the Club was a huge undertaking and serious fundraising was necessary and so the Jamboree became a reality.
The Flinton Country Bluegrass Jamboree has a 10 year history with 2014 being the final year in its current form. Duane Thibault remembers the first year there were 65 trailers that pulled into the lot behind the hall. The Canteen organized by Carolyn Hasler was started the first year. The Buffet Breakfast came in later years and was a big hit. Duane says the biggest year was the last year with 225-250 trailers attending the event. The entertainment line-up including the biggest name act ‘David Church’ drew a huge crowd.
As with many community events the time involved in the organization is substantial. Duane and several other volunteers would take a week’s holidays to host the event. The Jamboree was held over Friday, Saturday and Sunday however trailers started to arrive on Wednesday. Parking that many trailers was a big task – even before the event got started! Getting the grounds ready, booking the acts, preparing for the Canteen and breakfast all demanded a huge time commitment but volunteers always met the challenge with a big smile! Duane wants to thank all the volunteers (over 50 of them) who made the Jamboree a huge success meeting their financial goal.
The Jamboree Continues
Now the Jamboree continues with a new name; The Flinton Community Jamboree. Initially spearheaded by Chairman Andy Anderson and together with a dedicated committee of volunteers (some from the previous Jamboree) the tradition is kept alive. Andy said “this event is too important for the community to discontinue plus, it’s a great way to showcase the area”.