Next year, country music fans can enjoy their August long weekend with Jason Aldean!
Yes, the superstar is coming to Sunfest Country Music Festival in Lake Cowichan in 2019.
Known for such massive hits as ‘Don’t You Wanna Stay’, ‘Dirt Road Anthem’, ‘The Truth’ and “Big Green Tractor’, Aldean simply seems to roll out the number one songs, one after another.
Sunfest 2018 wound up Sunday night, Aug. 5 as a huge crowd swarmed onto the Laketown Ranch site just outside Lake Cowichan to see and hear Eric Church on the big stage.
It had been a remarkable weekend. Trailers and campers thronged the highway Wednesday, Aug. 1, before tucking themselves neatly into place for the Sunfest Country Music Festival, held this year between Aug. 2-5.
There was a big crowd out on Thursday night as George Canyon and Aaron Pritchett opened the festival, and the fun just continuned from there, increasing each day.
Showers had been forecast and Thursday evening the sky was heavily overcast, but by Friday it became clear that nothing was going to rain on this parade.
There was music on the mainstage, music on the Flats stage near the trailer camping, music on the Saloon stage higher up the hill, and for the late, late gang, there was a backwoods party in the sticks.
Nobody wanted to leave. But Laketown Ranch is huge, and there was room for everyone.
By Sunday night, though, the huge parking lot couldn’t hold all the cars. Vehicles were lined up along the sides of the Youbou Highway and every road nearby as everyone wanted to be part of the Church Choir and finish their holiday weekend country style.
They partied till late.
The exodus from Lake Cowichan on Monday as everyone headed home meant there was an astounding parade of vehicles along Highway 18.
Figures on attendance at Sunfest 2018 have not been released yet. More info when we get it. Tickets for Sunfest 2019 will soon be available, and more acts for the coming year are usually announced in the fall so watch for them.