Monday, January 03, 2005
Jamboree returns to Huntington
Although Saturday signified renewal for thousands of Tri-State residents, nearly 800 people at the Jean Carlo Stephenson Auditorium in City Hall took a nostalgic trip to a bygone entertainment era.
Katie Owens, 13, performs during the Saturday Night Jamboree and Salute to Veterans, a Grand Ole Opry style show featuring 14 local country music performers held at the Jean Carlo Stephenson Auditorium. Saturday's event marked the return of the Saturday Night Jamboree, a live show that aired in Huntington from 1953 to 1964.
A capacity crowd filled the auditorium during the Saturday Night Jamboree, a throwback to the "WSAZ Saturday Night Jamboree." That program aired live from 1953 to 1964 and featured an array of local and national talent.
Saturday Nigh Jamboree host Allen Sturm, son of the show’s original host Dean Sturm, was so pleased with the turnout that he was beaming backstage while resting between acts.
Huntington resident Matt Gould said he has attended the Grand Ole Opry show in Nashville and was impressed with the breadth of talent at the Saturday Night Jamboree.
"I think it’s great," he said. "I like the old country. This is just like the Grand Ole Opry."
In addition to music, Saturday’s show also featured square dancing by the New Haylofters and an appearance by original square dance caller Harry Mills.
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The Herald Dispatch