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It’s a BonfireJam Tradition

By Whitney Fike

It’s time again to grab your winter jackets, county outfits and bring your redneck side to Jay, Fla. Just a short drive from Pensacola, Jay hosts a Northwest Florida must attend event on Saturday, Dec. 8: the annual Chumuckla Redneck Christmas Parade. The creativity flows for all of the floats and participants in this unique parade.

In addition to the Redneck Christmas Parade, another growing tradition is BonfireJam. Release your inner cowboy and join the unique experience. BonfireJam is becoming a premier country music must-attend event. The winter’s only country music festival, celebrating its third year, features two jam-packed days of entertainment on Dec. 7 and 8. The festival has steadily grown and the third year will prove to keep right on track. This year’s highlights include star-studded performances by country music’s hottest newcomer Jana Kramer, Clay Walker, and Gretchen Wilson.

To make the festival bigger than before, BonfireJam has expanded. The weekend will kick off with the BonfireJam Shootout; featuring professional bull riding and championship calf roping, as well as participation by Cody Harris and the cast members of CMT’s “Sweet Home Alabama” and “Southern Nights.” Festival founder and promoter Joe Lewis says, “Adding a second day is new this year. We are host to the largest calf-roping purse east of the Mississippi. There will be world champions at both of those events.” Country music’s hottest newcomer, Jana Kramer will close out the night on Friday. Her new hit single, “Why Ya Wanna” has proved to be a success high up on the Billboard country charts, currently at No. 3.

Saturday is sure to delight any attendee. True to its name, a bonfire will be on the festival grounds, which plenty will partake in the warmth it provides. Festival organizers plan for over 4,000 people to attend during the two-day event. Opening the night on Saturday is prolific singer-songwriter Clay Walker. Headlining the festival is the Redneck Woman herself, Gretchen Wilson. A perfect fit for the weekend. She’ll be sure to put on a great show for a good time with her hits “Redneck Woman,” “All Jacked Up” and “Here for the Party.”

“What makes the festival so unique is that it’s becoming a new tradition to attend,” said Lewis. “Family fun entertainment, with kids under 10 having free admission.” To top it off, the festival is affordable. Patrons can expect free parking on Friday, food vendors, BBQ, peanuts and more. Beer, wine, and alcohol will also be available on festival grounds.”

BonfireJam is a family-friendly atmosphere and event for all ages. Single day tickets start less than $20 and two-day packages are less than $33.

BONFIRE JAM
WHEN: Friday, Dec. 7 and Saturday, Dec. 8
WHERE: Chumuckla, Fla.
DETAILS: bonfirejam.com