Rotary of Farmington not only gives thousands of dollars in scholarships each year, it also provides a fun music event with its annual Ramble Jam at the Dakota County Fairgrounds.
Billed as the only Twin Cities’ country music and camping festival, 2017’s Ramble Jam is expected to draw large crowds on Sept. 15 and 16.
Krysia Moe, Farmington Rotary president, says they will need approximately 385 volunteers to smoothly run the event, but 140 shifts are still yet to be filled.
The event though has reached its sponsorship quota and ticket sales continue to increase.
She says that this year’s lineup is one of their best yet.
Of the names coming to town, Moe is excited to see all of them.
“Personally,” she said, “I am most excited for Kip Moore, although there is not one act that I am not excited to see live.”
Taking the stage on Friday will be: local Minneapolis artist Chris Hawkey, Tucker Beathard, whose 2016 single “Rock On” reached No. 2 on Country Airplay, and Brett Young, a California native who has been nominated for several 2017 Country Music Awards including New Male Vocalist of the Year.
On Saturday folks can check out The Plott Hounds, another local Minneapolis group, Drew Baldridge, another up and coming artist who has worked his way up the charts: William Michael Morgan, Drake White & The Big Fire, who have opened for a number of big names like Eric Church, Luke Bryan, and Lynyrd Skynyrd.
Last but not least is Kip Moore, who’s been nominated for multiple County Music Awards and has fast-selling albums on his resume.
Farmington Rotary is a group of only 29 people who have worked tirelessly to put this event together.
“I am very proud of what such a small group of people can accomplish with the help of our volunteers and partnering community groups,” Moe said.
Last year the event raised somewhere between $60,000-70,000, with funds going toward donations to the police and fire department, as well as scholarships to Farmington High School, both for the general student population and through the STRIVE program.
More about Ramble Jam is at http://ramblejamcountry.com.
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