Jam in the Valley

Monday, July 10, 2017 at 8:21 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Varysburg, Jam in the Valley.

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The 24th year of the Jam in the Valley country music event came to a close Saturday night with a performance by country music artist Toby Keith and a fireworks display.

The annual shindig is held at Buffalo Hill in Varysburg.

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Saturday, July 8, 2017 at 5:20 pm

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Country music artist Brett Eldredge closed out Friday night's show at Jam in the Valley with a lot of energy hovering in the air.

Other artists in the lineup at Buffalo Hill, Varysburg, included: Brothers-Osborne, The Church Sisters, 90 West, and Jordyn Stoddard. Tonight's headliner is country music star Toby Keith, followed by Jam's annual fireworks display.

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Friday, July 7, 2017 at 5:33 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Jam in the Valley, Varysburg.

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Country music band Old Dominion headlined Thursday night's concert at the Jam in the Valley at Buffalo Hill, Varysburg. 

Other artists performing included: Rough Stock, Eric Van Houten, and Cody Johnson.

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Friday, July 7, 2017 at 3:41 pm

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Above the din of thousands of voices is the sound of a steel guitar and a southern twang. The Jam in the Valley annual country music fest draws boot-stompin’, cowboy hat wearin’ fans from Wyoming and neighboring counties to Buffalo Hill in the Hamlet of Varysburg.

While the venue provides security in the campgrounds and concert area – Southern Tier Security and CSC Security – JiTV also contracts with the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office and the New York State Police for additional law enforcement detail, and Wyoming County Emergency Services as its emergency response team.

In addition to the Sheriff’s Office and Emergency Services, the county’s Health and Buildings and Codes departments, the Board of Supervisors, the New York State Department of Transportation, local fire and EMS (Emergency Medical Service) providers, and the State Police have been planning for the shindig since last year's ended.

“Due to the Public Assembly Permit required by the County's Local Law and other State and Local permits required for an event this size, there are many agencies involved in the planning and meetings occur throughout the year,” said Sheriff Greg Rudolph.

Over the course of the three-day Jam, approximately 450 total man-hours are dedicated to law enforcement. Of those hours, approximately 370 are by the Sheriff’s Office and 80 by the NYSP. The total number of man-hours aren’t tallied until after the final day.

Police provide enforcement in the campgrounds, stage area, and concert/crowd area. They also have a dispatcher at the command post, officers at traffic posts, and after-hours EMS security detail.

Although JiTV contracts for EMS services with local emergency responders, volunteer personnel from the North Java, Arcade, Wyoming, Sheldon, and Varysburg fire departments, and Bennington Fire Company also help out. In turn, JiTV makes a donation to each department.

While North Java firefighters provide basic life support services, advanced life support services are contracted with Monroe Ambulance. Bennington, Arcade and Varysburg’s members provide ATV units. Additionally, several other departments send EMTs to assist, says Emergency Services Director Anthony Santoro.

“On the fire side, Wyoming and Sheldon fire departments provide fire protection,” Santoro said. “The Wyoming Fire Department is providing a brush-type truck for any calls out in the campground area, while the Sheldon Fire Department is providing an engine for the fireworks Saturday night.”

There is EMS coverage 24/7 beginning at 10 a.m. July 5 through 10 a.m. July 9. Responders provide two different levels of service: off-peak hours, which consist of roughly four to six EMTs between 3 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily; and peak hours run from 3 p.m. to 3 a.m. daily -- staffed with roughly 15 to 20 basic EMTs and three paramedics. The paramedics operate the rehab tent.

“This tent is to treat people who have over indulged themselves and get them back on their feet,” Santoro said. “This saves the issue we have had in the past with transporting all these patients to the hospital.”

To save the emergency room from being inundated with that type of patient, and people who may suffer from some degree of heatstroke, four EMS tents and an ATV unit is on hand throughout the event.

“We have the county command post in service and all calls for service are coordinated through that,” Santoro said. “Every year is vastly different on how busy we are. Some years we are swamped while others are pretty quiet.”

And this year?

Well...it’s safe to say that all emergency responders involved hope to have an uneventful time.

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Monday, July 4, 2016 at 11:09 am

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Thousands of people came out to the final evening of the 23rd annual Jam in the Valley at Buffalo Hill, Varysburg. 

The evening rounded out with Jake Owens taking the main stage, preceeded by Jana Kramer and Gunner & The Grizzly Boys. Following the concert, a tribute was held to the men and women in the Armed Forces, followed by a spectacular fireworks display.

For more photos see our Facebook page.

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Saturday, July 2, 2016 at 9:23 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Varysburg, Jam in the Valley.

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An afternoon rain didn't dampen the spirits of concertgoers for day two of Jam in the Valley. Last night's featured lineup included Old Dominion and Sam Hunt.

Today is the final day of Jam with Jake Owen as the featured artist followed by a Fourth of July fireworks display.

For more photos see our Facebook page.

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Friday, July 1, 2016 at 1:28 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Varysburg, Jam in the Valley.

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The day was sunny and warm and the evening cool as thousands of people flocked to Buffalo Hill for the 23rd annual Jam in the Valley country concert event in Varysburg. 

Hitting the stage last night was Ray Scott and Easton Corbin. Tonight's lineup features Old Dominion and Sam Hunt.

For more photos see our Facebook page.

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Sunday, July 5, 2015 at 2:38 pm

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Jam in the Valley closed out the event with performances by Dallas Smith, Parmalee and Chris Young Saturday night, rounding out the evening with the annual fireworks display. While the start of the festival was somewhat soggy, the remainder of it turned out to be beautifully summer-like. 

More photos can be found on our Facebook page.

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Sunday, July 5, 2015 at 1:42 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Jam in the Valley, Varysburg.

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Friday proved to be a beautiful day for Jam in the Valley, Varysburg. Patrons seemed to enjoy the sunshine and warm weather with conversation and games. 

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Friday, July 3, 2015 at 12:32 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Jam in the Valley, Varysburg.

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A little mud never bothered anyone as Jam in the Valley kicked off its 22nd year. 

Approximately 1,000 people were on the lawn at Buffalo Hill Village, Varysburg, as Blackjack Billy took the stage. The crowd was in high spirits, dancing and singing along to their favorite tunes. Eric Paslay closed out the night to an enthusiastic audience under a cover of stars and a full moon. 

Jam in the Valley continues today with The Band Perry, Jerrod Niemann and Austin Webb, starting around 7 p.m.. The Jam celebrates the Fourth with musical performances by Chris Young, Parmalee and Dalls Smith. Following will be a fireworks display.

For more information about Jam in the Valley visit their Facebook page.

More photos of the event can be found on our Facebook page.

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015 at 8:25 pm

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As of late this afternoon, the grounds that house the Jam in the Valley campgrounds have dried out – sort of.

“Some of the areas were like the lazy river,” said office employee Nicole Harrington. “The creek is receding but we are holding off adding more campers for the moment because we do not want people to get stuck. Everybody who has reservations for a site, will get a site.”

Several photos have shown up on Facebook pages showing the flooding that happened earlier Wednesday at Buffalo Hill Village Route 20A, Varysburg. On the Jam in the Valley Facebook page, staff reported the New York State Health Department and the Wyoming County Emergency Management coordinator had closed the campground’s registration for Wednesday. They are hoping to get the green light for registrations today. 

“The show will go on,” Harrington said. “The only people we were really concerned about were the campers. Wear your muck boots and make sure you have your phone on a clip.”

Harrington said in years past following the event, phones and assorted items started showing up on the grounds after they had dried out.

Currently, the campground is allowing Timbuktu, Big Rig and Back 40 campers onto the grounds. All other camping areas remain closed as ordered by New York State Health Department and Wyoming County Emergency coordinator. Vendors have been allowed in for setup.

According to their Web site, Jam in the Valley started out as a simple Fourth of July, backyard-style, fireworks show. In the following years, Buffalo Hill Village owner, Sonny Attea, added patriotic music, light shows, fountains, waterfall displays, pyrotechnic animation, and much more.

What originally drew a couple hundred people had more than doubled in size. It was time to connect with the local fire departments.

As stated on their Web site: 

Fortunately, we never had to put out any fires; but something happened that day that led to the birth of Jam in the Valley… We passed a hat!

Believe it or not, that was the original fundraising effort and it came on a whim. After the campers from Buffalo Hill Village gave so generously, an idea was born! Why not give our guests a bigger show, with better fireworks, at a reasonable price and raise money for our local volunteer fire departments and other charitable organizations?!

Events take place Thursday, Friday and Saturday. For the full concert lineup and general information visit http://jaminthevalley.com/ or their Facebook page.

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