DELORAINE — Seven bands rocked the inaugural Delodaze event at the Deloraine Fairgrounds.
Bands including Harlequin, Until Red and Misty Street played the two-day event on Friday and Saturday that also included children’s activities and a BBQ Burger Battle.
"We have heard nothing but amazing feedback," said Liza Park, Deloraine’s economic development officer. "This has been a great way of bringing the community back together."
Park started to brainstorm a new type of event or attraction for Deloraine last October. An open meeting was held to find out what the community likes about living in Deloraine and how the town can make that better.
"All the memories people were talking about came back to townwide events," Park said. "So we decided to start a new event and live music seemed like a must for lots of residents."
It was hard to anticipate how many people would come out to the new event, Park said. But she was happy with the turnout on Friday night and Saturday afternoon’s festivities.
A large group of people sat in the grandstand to watch Brad Johner and Sons play on Saturday afternoon.
"I like events like this because with the stage so close to the crowd you can see everyone’s reactions and have conversations with individuals rather than the whole group," Johner said.
His three sons joined him on stage about three years ago and add a new element to the show.
"The boys like to play more pop rock-type covers," Johner said. "It’s nice not to have to play just my songs all the time."
The crowd clapped and sang along as the Johners played "The Last Saskatchewan Pirate."
"Originally we talked about having more folky-type music," Park said. "But then decided people would have more fun listening to songs they know and can sing along to."
Although the live music was the biggest highlight for Park, she said next year’s event will look to improve on the BBQ Burger Battle.
Four teams of four competed in the battle on Saturday to make the best burger and get it featured at The Rendezvous restaurant in town.
"It was really fun to watch the teams make and put it all together," Park said. "All we gave them was the beef and a table and they brought the rest."
The winning burger named Maui Burger was made by the Sun Seekers team.
Park based the burger challenge off of similar barbecue cook-offs she read about in festivals held in the United States.
"It is definitely something we can make bigger for next year," she said. "I don’t know how many years this event will continue to run, but I know that I will be planning one for next year."
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