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Branches and Roots returns for its final festival

The Branches and Roots Folk Music Festival is back for its final year. The show is taking place at Chateauguay Valley Regional High School (CVR) on October 22 from 7 to 10:30 p.m. The event is a fundraiser for CVR’s music department, and it will feature the Durham County Poets, Ryan McNally, The Mudflat Ramblers, Daniel McKell and Bohemen Rose, The CVR After Hours Choir, and more to be announced.

Branches and Roots has been happening in the Valley for nearly two decades. It has found itselfat the Ormstown Fairgrounds often, and at other locations around the Valley. This is the second time it will be at CVR. The festival offers a variety of different genres and a bit of something for everyone. Kevin Harvey, one of the organizers of the event, says there will be “various styles of music represented: folk, bluegrass, blues, soul, R&B, a little bit of this, a little bit of thatand the CVR choir will also be singing.”

This will be the last hurrah for the Branches and Roots festival. Harvey explains, “People are retiring now, or having families, and don’t have the time or energy to keep this going for years. So, for now, we just decided to dissolve it.”

The money raised from this final event will be donated to the CVR music department. There will also be raffle tickets available for an acoustic Fender guitar. Traditionally, there has been the option for people to buy an arm’slength of raffle tickets from either the shortest or tallest person there; Harvey hopes the tradition will continue this year. The raffle will also include some door prizes.

If you’re wishing to also support CVR sports at the same time, the football team will be hosting a fundraising spaghetti supper at the school before the concert starts. The two events are not related, but they are working together since they are taking place at the same place on the same day. “People can come and enjoy a good spaghetti dinner, raise some money for the football team, and then get a ticket for the concert,” Harvey says.

He says that events like this are important for the community. “I think the main importance is just celebrating being together. People have been still wary of getting together. But we’ve done everything we can as a society, and we can’t forget the spiritual or the holistic part of life.” He explains that whether people want to gather for food or sports or music, events like this provide an experience to enjoy and remember for years.

Tickets for the concert can be reserved by contacting Kevin Harvey through Facebook, or by messaging the Branches and Roots Facebook pages. After even just a few Facebook posts about the event, ticket reservations have been flooding in. Harvey is excited to share this event with the community and expects the turnout to be huge.

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