What started as a going away party for a group of college students has turned into a two-day music festival. Landisfest, the self-described indie, folk, electronic and art rock festival is turning 10 this year. Promoter Dylan VanEerden says he can’t believe it’s been that long.
“It definitely doesn’t feel like 10 years has gone by. We’ve just kind of done it as a side project, just a little bit of fun every summer, and kind of got up on us to 10 years.”
The La Glace festival features both local and international acts, camping, horseshoe tournaments and food trucks. Landisfest is also an all ages event.
While VanEerden says he doesn’t have anything special planned for the 10 year anniversary, he is planning to add things like a playground to make it a more family-friendly.
“As we grow and now a lot of our friends have kids and so we’re growing into kind of a different phase, a little bit more family oriented as we get older.”
VanEerden usually sees about 200 to 350 people over the weekend. He says it feels good to see the support continue over the years.
“It’s kind of nice just to know that there’s been enough interest and support over the last ten years and we’re definitely still growing. It feels really great that at least we’ve been able to provide a product that’s been so well received.”
The full music line up has not yet been released. The event will run from August 23rd and 24th at VanEerden’s parent’s farm near La Glace. Tickets can be purchased at the Grain Bin Brewing Company in Grande Prairie.