By Jamie Fuller
This year marks the 22nd anniversary of the Oregon Jamboree. Anyone who loves country music or simply wants to see top-notch musicians perform should plan to be there. The three-day concert takes place on a 20-acre park in Sweet Home. A total of 22 shows alternating on two different stages will feature popular artists including Miranda Lambert, Tim McGraw, and Jake Owen.
“We are expecting it to be the largest year we’ve ever had,” said Teresa Stas, marketing and sales manager of the Jamboree. They are anticipating 60,000 attendees over the course of the weekend. The Oregon Jamboree is a non-profit organization that was founded in 1992. Profits benefit the Sweet Home Economic Development Group, which helps with a variety of projects in Sweet Home and Linn County. It supports the schools, sports teams, Meals on Wheels, and other causes.
Wynonna Judd was the first big name in 1992. She had been approached by the organizers at one of her concerts and agreed to play at the first two Jamborees. Since then, the event has grown immensely. It has gained a reputation of being very high quality. This is not a typical corporate machine type of concert. The people organizing and attending truly care about the event, making it a pleasure for everyone to be there. It draws the type of patrons who are polite and help keep the place clean. That’s what brings in the top artists. There are very few country acts out there that haven’t made an appearance at the Oregon Jamboree. “All of the big names have been here,” affirmed Stas.
“We’re really lucky to have the big names like that because it helps with ticket sales,” Stas said. More ticket sales mean more money going towards their fundraiser. The bulwark of the Jamboree includes about 950 volunteers along with some paid staff, four full-time and two part-time.
Reserved tickets are sold out, but there are still general admission tickets available at the time of this writing. A finite amount of camping space is left, so get online and claim it while you have the chance.
There is a large main stage and a smaller second stage. The stages are separated by the historic Weddle Covered Bridge, which was restored by the Sweet Home Economic Development Group. The shows alternate from one stage to another, meaning there is never more than a 10- or 15-minute lag between stages. The second stage is located in a rustic area surrounded by trees, which gives it a more intimate feel, and fans can get right up close to the action.
The Oregon Jamboree takes place from Friday, Aug. 1 through Sunday, Aug. 3 in Sweet Home. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.oregonjamboree.com.