Kawartha Downs hosting Kawartha Country Music Festival on July 3

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FRASERVILLE — A variety of country music acts will hit the stage for Kawartha Downs’ first Kawartha Country Music Festival on July 3.

The platinum-selling brother and sister duo The Reklaws will headline the festival.

The group, made up of Jenna and Stuart Walker of rural Ontario, found breakout success with their single “Long Live the Night,” which became the most-streamed domestic song of all Canadian country artists and the CFL’s theme song for the national broadcast of Thursday Night Football in 2018 and 2019.

Concert goers will be able to catch accompanying acts Jade Eagleson and rising star Nate Haller.

Eagleson, who hails from Bailieboro, will bring his unique brand of honky tonk-styled country music to the homecoming show.

Doors open for the Kawartha Country Music Festival at 5 p.m. The show kicks off at 6 p.m.

Performers will entertain attendees from the middle of the Kawartha Downs racetrack.

Vendors will be on site selling cowboy hats and T-shirts.

Kawartha Downs’ 50th anniversary season kicked off late last month with a car show, harness racing and a special free concert featuring headliner Kim Mitchell.

Like last month’s opening weekend, the July 3 country music festival will close out with a “massive” fireworks display at 10:30 p.m. following the on-stage performances, spokesperson Summer Nickerson-Hagen told The Examiner.

“This will be just as huge as the last one,” Nickerson-Hagen said.

Organizers are looking forward to hosting the inaugural Kawartha Country Music Festival following the success of opening weekend, she said.

“We’re happy with our free concert turnout with Kim Mitchell. We are really excited for this next one and we’re aiming to go above and beyond,” Nickerson-Hagen said.

“We’re hoping this year is going to set the tone for next year at Kawartha Downs. We want to exceed all expectations.”

Kawartha Downs hosts harness racing at the track every Saturday beginning at 6 p.m.

The season runs until Sept. 27.

Nickerson-Hagen said organizers hope to eventually host events — from musical performances to carnivals — each weekend to coincide with racing.

“Next year hopefully we’ll have an event every weekend. We’re just getting our feet under us and getting everyone excited for Kawartha Downs and next season it will be full throttle,” she said.

For $35, tickets for the Kawartha Country Music Festival can be purchased online at kawarthacountrymusicfestival.com or kawarthadowns.com and through ticketmaster.ca.

Brendan Burke is a staff reporter at the Examiner. His reporting is funded by the Canadian government through its Local Journalism Initiative. Reach him at bburke@metroland.com.

Brendan Burke, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Peterborough Examiner

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