Springtime Jamboree bringing tunes and fun to IRHS

As warmer weather slowly approaches, it signals the first sign of spring. And with each and every season – at least for the past 29 years – so returns the Springtime Jamboree. For nearly three decades, local businessman and current state Rep. Gerald Hocker has been pulling together some of the area’s most beloved and talented acts, including a performance from his daughter, country recording artist Beth Cayhall.

The nonprofit event, now celebrating its 29th year, will return to Indian River High School for a two-night show, next weekend Friday, April 15, and Saturday, April 16, this year raising funds for the Lord Baltimore Lions Club.

“Once again, we’ve got a full lineup,” said Hocker, who has been playing at the event, along with the Jamboree Boys, each year. “My daughter has become a successful country music artist, and she’ll be back again, from Nashville, performing songs she has written. She’s been a part of the Springtime Jamboree ever since she started singing at 5 years old.”

Hocker keeps it in the family, with his sons rounding out the Jamboree Boys.

Plenty of other familiar faces will grace the stage again, including emcee George Keen, and acts such as the Hap Tones, Floyd McGee and The Reminders. Guests will find some new faces taking the stage, as well. Miss Delaware will also be at the Jamboree, and Ron Howard will provide the preshow entertainment, starting at 6:30 p.m. both nights.

“It’s easy to find performers,” said Hocker. “The hard part is deciding who gets in and who doesn’t. But I think people have been pleased with the selection that plays each year.”

As much enjoyment as he gets from playing music at the Springtime Jamboree, the money raised from ticket sales comes as a much bigger reward for Hocker.

“It’s so nice to be able to put this money back into the community,” he said. “Seeing how it’s used – for youth leagues, fire companies, Lions Clubs – the Jamboree really does a lot for the community, and over the years, they have supported me. This is my way of giving back. We’re hoping to get 1,100 people to the show over the two days.”

The 29th Annual Springtime Jamboree will take place in the Indian River High School Auditorium on Armory Road in Dagsboro on Friday, April 15, and again on Saturday, April 16. Both shows will include the same lineup and will begin at 7 p.m., with a preshow starting at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are available for $12 per person at Hocker’s Super Center, Hocker’s G&E Inc. and Hocker’s Grocery and Deli, or through any Lord Baltimore Lions Club member. Tickets will be sold at the door of the events for $13, as well.