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Jamboree fans turn out 14,000 strong despite heat wave


August 8, 2017

If the smoke and hot weather bothered folks Friday afternoon, when the sun set they didn’t care any more, as Jason Aldean took the Oregon Jamboree stage.

Smoke from the wildfires blew into Sweet Home Thursday evening and all but obscured Marks Ridge by Friday morning.

“What’s really hard is when it’s so hot,” said Festival Director Robert Shamek. “What happens is people stay out at their camps.”

The heat – over 100 on Friday – combined with the smoke, kept Jamboree grounds more sparsely populated than usual during the daytime shows.

“We didn’t have the big...

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