Floyd jamboree celebrates 57 years

Courtney Foley, left, and Hillary Foley of Portales tune their instruments prior to hitting the stage during rehearsal for the Floyd Lions Club Jamboree.

By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers

Soon the sounds of fiddles, guitars, drums and singing will fill the air in Floyd as the 57th annual Floyd Lions Club Jamboree gets under way at the Floyd Schools gym.

Hosted by the Floyd Lions Club, the jamboree will begin Wednesday, and performances will be held every night through Saturday, with a gospel performance Sunday afternoon, said Floyd Lions Club President Jeff Essary.

“We’ve got a lot of really good local talent,” Essary said.

New this year will be Wednesday night’s band performance. Five local bands and the jamboree band will perform for about 30 minutes each, Essary said.

Floyd Lions Club member Dave Nash will be the master of ceremonies for the sixth year. Nash said during his travels he has met many people who do not necessarily know where Floyd is but do know about the jamboree.

“This is the 57th year,” Nash said. “Evidently and obviously it’s quite a tradition out here.”

Thursday, Friday and Saturday will be the regular performance nights for the jamboree. On Saturday, the Citizen of the Year Award will be presented. Rounding out the jamboree will be the Sunday afternoon gospel show. Added in recent years, it is a more laid-back type of show and allows the audience to participate, Essary said.

“It’s a real nice addition to the jamboree.”

Originally called the “Grand Ole Opry,” the first show was held to raise money to help buy sports uniforms for the Floyd schools.

According to Essary the all-volunteer jamboree is the only fund-raiser for the Lions Club. Proceeds from the jamboree are used to help buy eyeglasses, help families in need and provide scholarships, among other things for the community, Essary said.
“The money we make, we do a lot of good things with,” Nash said.

Another unique thing the club does is provide stringed instruments to three students. One student each from the elementary, junior high and high schools in Floyd will receive an instrument. This has become a way for the club members to provide students the opportunity to pursue music, Nash said.

The scheduled performers have been practicing every Sunday since the first part of February, Essary said.

“We sure want everybody to come out and enjoy good country entertainment,” Essary said.

Fast facts

• What: Floyd Lions Club Jamboree

• When: 7 p.m. Wednesday (band night), 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday
(regular

performances), 2 p.m. Sunday (gospel night)

• Where: Floyd Schools Gym

• Tickets: $5 per person.