The 2022 Jamboree in Burlington attracted nearly 16,000 people over the Memorial Day weekend, prompting optimism among the event’s organizers. (Photo by Chad Hensiak)

Organizers excited about prospects for 2023

Standard Press Staff

With the 2022 Burlington Jamboree held under ideal weather conditions and nearly 16,000 people attending the four-day festival, organizers are excited about the prospects for 2023.

This was the second year for the Jamboree, which rose from the ashes of ChocolateFest and the coronavirus pandemic to maintain a Memorial Day weekend festival for area residents.

“People love free admission,” festival President Bil Scherrer said. “It was great to see young families enjoying themselves and the little ones squealing and just having fun.”

According the Scherrer, the officials attendance was 15,916.

The Jamboree, which had a modest start in 2021 found its stride this year.

He said the festival added to its music and entertainment lineup and retained the services of North American Midway Entertainment, the largest traveling midway in the country.

The festival hosted seven live bands through the course of the four days on the Lions Club Main Stage. Other activities included: Pleasure Valley’s Pig, Goat, and Duck Races; Circus Shane Hansen acrobatic acts; BHS FFA Petting Zoo; and a Touch-A-Truck event.

“(It was) all free entertainment thanks to our many sponsors,” Scherrer said.

The success of this year’s festival will provide a boost to next year’s effort, according to Scherrer.

“(We’re) already making plans for 2023. Tentative theme – ‘A Taste of the Jamboree’ with a coupon book to try all the vendors.”