It’s a massive gathering of family and friends in Brooke County that’s grown over the past 15 years.
Every year thousands of people come into the Ohio Valley for one of the largest country music festivals in the world. Now a group of friends and family in Brooke County didn’t want anyone to feel left out so they’ve thrown their own Jamboree.
It was all started by Patty Lish and her late husband 15 years ago. They had been going to the music festival for a few years but decided they’d rather include their young family and friends.
“One year we decided maybe we didn’t want to go,” Lish says. “We had the kids so we said why don’t we go up to the farm, we’ll have something up there. So 15 years ago that’s what we did and so it grew. We just keep adding things every year.”
Now around 150 people show up whether it’s Patty’s family, friends, or even TV News Reporters. The once little gathering makes Patty’s mother very proud.
“It started out a little small and it builds up and it builds up and it builds up and its become a great thing,” Norma Haddon says. “People wait every year for Jamboree in the Hollow.”
One of those people is Jennifer Lish who makes it back to Brooke County every year no matter where she’s living.
“I’ve lived in Myrtle Beach, Vegas, Florida, I come home every year,” she says.
Now a whole generation of children have been coming to Jamboree In The Hollow their whole lives.
“It’s been fun to see the place evolve, we used to just have canopies to sit under and now we have this big pavilion with picnic tables and all kinds of crock pots and hook ups and all sorts of things,” Rhiannon Macon says.”It’s definitely been an adventure growing up with everyone, it gets crazy at times.”
Jamboree In The Hollow also has a 300 foot slip-n-slide that 7 News Reporter Jake Kauffman just had to try out.