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Summer music festival in Wallaceburg attracts Tom Cochrane

Chatham-Kent residents have more to look forward to this summer than just some warmer weather.

The inaugural Otter Creek Jam Fest is drawing some big stars to Wallaceburg in August of 2019 — including Tom Cochrane.  Trooper, known for songs such as We’re Here for a Good Time and Raise A Little Hell, will hit the stage during the first day of the event on August 2. Tom Cochrane & Red Rider will follow that up with a performance on August 3.

Volunteer Dennis Debot, of A. Debot & Sons, said the idea of hosting a major music festival started in the summer when he approached organizers who are involved in the annual Wallaceburg Antique Motor and Boat Outing (WAMBO). Debot said he wanted something fun for local residents to enjoy but also wanted to use the opportunity to attract people to the area.

“It’s going to bring a lot of people to Wallaceburg, which is what we need in this community,” he said. “We lost a lot of industries, maybe this might help in the long-run.”

Debot said they’re planning to have two stages at the event, one for the headliners and one for the tribute bands — which will be announced at a later date.

“It’s going to be a pretty big venue for Wallaceburg,” he said. “We’re hoping to get at least 8,000 to 10,000 people to come out to Wallaceburg.”

Besides live music, Debot said they’re planning to have vendors and beer tents stationed around the site. They’re also looking into the feasibility of having a few campsites open for people who want to stay the weekend.

“It’s going to be a pretty big venue for Wallaceburg,” he said.

The Otter Creek Jam Fest will take place on the outskirts of Wallaceburg at the corner of Margaret Avenue and Kimball Road. Tickets for the festival are now available on their website. A day pass costs $39.95 (plus tax), weekend passes are $69.95 (plus tax), and VIP day passes are $79.95 (plus tax).

Debot said a portion of the proceeds will go towards the London chapter of the Kidney Foundation of Canada.