Boothill Jamboree Proposed for Clathan area.

Chatham Kent council has apparently approved a zoning change for a property near Clathan where  a massive country music jamboree is proposed.


The proposed Boothill Jamboree, a four-day, annual event, would take place over the Civic Holiday weekend on a 188-acre farm property, located at 15693 and 15777 Lees Line, near Clathan, between Bothwell and Highgate. A planning report estimates attendance would be between 8,000 and 10,000 people.

In the centre of the development, there would be a permanent stage area within the northwest corner of the property approximately 140 metres from Turin Line.

The owner has a conditional offer to purchase the farm from a third party who would like to establish the jamboree.

The proposed plan is to initially use approximately half of the farm property for the event with additional lands being utilized if the event expands.

A large jamboree is also located in Havelock, near Peterborough and Belleville.

This jamboree has been operating for the past 18 years and attracts thousands of visitors.

While the report states reaction to the Boothill proposal was positive, several neighbours are concerned the jamboree would threaten rural-agricultural heritage, rural lifestyle and the livelihood of local farmers.


Information drawn from Chatham newspaper. 

“Jamboree grounds proposed; Several neighbours have some concerns” Posted By TREVOR TERFLOTH 


4 thoughts on “Boothill Jamboree Proposed for Clathan area.

  1. Man to attempt rally against jamboree; Council ok’d orford event

    Posted By TREVOR TERFLOTH Dec 14, 2007

    An Orford-area man plans to pursue his opposition to a jamboree event which could be held near his property as early as next Civic Holiday weekend.

    Robert Konecny made his views known during Monday’s planning meeting for the Boothill Jamboree. However, Chatham-Kent council passed the recommendation to allow it.

    Konecny hopes to have a public meeting on the issue with nearby residents to rally support.

    “I know they feel like they’re left out,” he told The Chatham Daily News on Wednesday.

    He said an Ontario Municipal Board appeal is possible, but he’s still waiting for a letter on the decision from the municipality to begin the process.

    The annual four-day event will be located on a 188-acre farm property, located at 15693 and 15777 Lees Line, between Bothwell and Highgate.

    Konecny built his home at 15715 Turin Line this summer. He said he learned of the proposal in September through a flyer.

    He said with Christmas approaching, he’d like to hold the public meeting in early January.

    “If the community wishes to have (an appeal), we’ll have it,” he said. “If the community doesn’t want to have it, I am fully prepared to try my best within my own means to fight this.”

    Initial attendance for the Boothill Jamboree is pegged at between 8,000 and 10,000 people.

    London’s Garry Evans, jamboree organizer, couldn’t be reached for immediate comment Wednesday afternoon.

  2. When I read about the Boothill Jamboree in the Chronicle I had to do a web search to find more on it. I think it’s a great idea!!! I have been attending the Havelock Jamboree since 1999 and love it. The 2 years that I wasn’t excited about the lineup and thought I wouldn’t care if I went or not turned out to be two of the best years so far!! Having a jamboree around here would be a wonderful thing for the community. Havelock has many wonderful people who volunteer their time and skills to make it a wonderful event. It has grown by leaps and bounds especially since I first started going. The local businesses and people living in that community are always welcoming and friendly. They do not seem to mind the surge of people coming in and leaving each year. I really have to disagree that the Boothill Jamboree would cause many problems to the community. I think it would bring customers to local businesses, create a few jobs for some local people (Organized events don’t just happen) and even the boy/girl scouts can benefit from it by picking up all the returnable cans for refund/donation to local chapters. For those who aren’t crazy about the idea it only comes around once a year. It is at worst a minor nuisance for 4 days out of 365 and it really goes by in the blink of an eye. I have met wonderful people at Havelock, kept in touch with them and make plans to meet up with them each year. It really is an awesome event to bring a lot of like minded people together who also bring their own unique qualities to the jamboree each year, not to mention the wonderful performers!!! Great Canadian artists like Jason McCoy, Terri Clark, Emerson Drive, Adam Gregory (to name a very few) as well as American artists such as Charlie Daniels, Loretta Lynn and Lonestar have been there. I am one of many thousands of people who think, talk or read about the Havelock Jamboree often. Wouldn’t it be great if Canadians thought of our area that way.

  3. Dear Karen,

    In my personal opinion, the Boothill Jamboree would be a great addition to the community. It needs to be well-run, have community input and support, and all the other important management aspects that Havelock no doubt has. We should be looking in to the management of Havelock and see how they do it.

    I helped Havelock put a Municipal Emergency Plan together back in the late 1980s, so I’m glad to see that they have built out from there. Emergency response is just one piece of a big puzzle when hosting such a huge event.

    I wasn’t around for the Planning of the 2002 Plowing Match held in Glencoe, but I know that it was 3 years in the planning stage and involved hundreds of volunteers. Whoever Mr. Evans is, he needs to be talking to the community and getting their support now. The community needs to be involved.

    Thanks for your comments!!
    Mary Simpson

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