Music and the arts were a big part of Oxbow's inaugural Street Jam on Main Street on August 18.
The Oxbow Arts and Culture Committee traditionally has hosted a jamboree at the Bow Valley Regional Park each summer, but due to repairs at the park stemming from the flood of 2011, they shifted the location, but had a similar event.
“Well, it was a great way of recovering from not having the park…and to hold the event on the street without having to miss a year,” said arts and culture committee chair Brad Mayer.
The festivities started with a pancake breakfast. Proceeds went towards the swimming pool, as the town is in need of a new one.
The main attraction of the Street Jam was the entertainment that happened throughout the day and featured all local talent.
“It went very well, the crowd seemed very pleased,” said Mayer.
Mayer noted that there were at least 600 in attendance, as there were people coming and going throughout the day.
Along with the music, there were children's activities which included an inflatable playground and face painting.
There was also a show-and-shine that featured at least 40 vehicles and motorcycles, Mayer said. People who brought classic vehicles and bikes cruised to Glen Ewen, and then returned to Oxbow. To go along with the arts and entertainment theme there were also vendors on Main Street selling items art related.
The Street Jam also acted as a fundraiser for the restoration of the Bow Valley Regional Park and its ball diamonds.
“We hope to have an entertainment area with a stage in the plan, so that it could be used by all, for all kinds of events,” said Mayer.
Mayer also said that there was a lot of community involvement, as the people involved with local baseball put on a barbeque with proceeds going toward the diamonds.
Even with the success of the event, once the valley and their original facilities are restored, Mayer said the event will return to that location.
“Right from start to finish the day went very well, without a hitch,” he said.