Stampede display at city hall is up and the City announced Williams Lake is a finalist in the “One Horse Town” contest to win an outdoor country music concert. Monica Lamb-Yorski photo

Williams Lake vying to win free country music concert

Local residents can vote daily online for Williams Lake to host the Sept. 15 concert

Williams Lake is hoping to win a free outdoor country music concert through a Coors Banquet contest.

The City announced Monday it has been selected as one of six communities trying to win the online competition.

Working with the Stampede Association, the City entered and if successful would host a concert with the music talents of Dallas Smith, Tim Hicks and Kira Isabella on Sept. 15.

“It was an easy decision for council to officially put forward our name in this competition,” Mayor Walt Cobb said. “After successfully hosting the Williams Lake Stampede, now in its 92nd year, and the great success of our recent Rogers Hometown Hockey event, we are confident that we can do a great job of bringing this event to town for everyone to enjoy.”

While Cobb said he wished the other communities well in their submissions, he added he didn’t think you could find a more enthusiastic community than Williams Lake when it comes to showing the cowboy spirit.

“With this contest running during Stampede season, we are positive that our community will go online and vote daily,” Cobb said.

Economic Development Officer Beth Veenkamp said regardless of the outcome, this is an excellent good news opportunity for Williams Lake to be seen across Canada, and raise awareness of Williams Lake.

“Any opportunity to shine a light on our city and the supportive community that we have here is a good thing for Williams Lake, particularly when we get that spotlight at no cost to our taxpayers,” she said.

Community members who are legal drinking age are encouraged to vote daily during the online competition found at or clicking on the “One Horse Town” tab at

The contest is open until July 15.

Should Williams Lake win the competition, an online free ticket system will be launched by the production company for citizens to attend the event at no cost.

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