Celebration of local arts and culture at Sweetwater 905 Festival this weekend

Everything kicks off Friday, June 14 at 3 p.m. and runs until Sunday evening. 

This year there is an extra special treat, as the festival will also be the launch of a province-wide anthology of female poets. “Force Field – 77 Women Poets of B.C.” includes works by four authors from northern B.C., two of which are from Rolla. They will all be in attendance at the festival. 


Camping at the farm is free, and a weekend pass costs $50. 

Below is a testimony from one of Sweetwater 905’s many fans, Debi Lane.

Maybe you are from Dawson Creek, but have never experienced Sweetwater 905. Maybe you are from another area of the Peace River area and have always wanted to attend. Maybe you are a tourist visiting from another province or country and are looking for something completely different to entertain you this coming weekend. Then again, maybe you are attending for the tenth time and just want to be entertained musically, intellectually and …well….extensively!! 

No matter what you are looking for, likely Sweetwater 905 has it all. 

If you want to attend for the music, this year’s talent is….well…outstanding. If you are more into poetry and reading, certainly Sweetwater 905 can offer literary talent unprecedented in our area. We have local authors, and talent from across the country. Truly, Sweetwater 905 has something for everyone, even the kids.

If you really want to attend, there are three days of entertainment, three days of fun, three days of variety. And if you are parents, and think you have to find a babysitter to attend, think again. 

The web page is www.sweetwater905.com The Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/groups/197741763642589/ and either one will answer most of your questions about the performers, the attractions and the entrance prices and times. What they won’t tell you is how much fun you can have. They also won’t tell you how much fun your kids can have. 

Sweetwater 905 gets underway on Friday at 7 p.m. There will Literary readings in Emilie’s studio, and the launch of Force Field 77. Saturday starts bright and early, with the Literary Salon, again in Emilie’s Studio, and local authors and visiting talent, including Marilyn Belak, A. Warren Johnston and Emilie’s eldest son, Dean Mattson, who celebrated a birthday this week.

If the music is what draws you to Sweetwater 905, there is a myriad of talent to entertain you. Headline performers are Ben Caplan and Ted Russell Kamp, Sienna Dahlen, High Society and Joey Only, but the locals aren’t to be outdone! Folky Strum Strum, Wayne Ezeard, Twin Peaks and the Dodge City Rockets will entertain you ‘till the cows come home! There will be no shortage of stages, three in total, so if one at isn’t your “thing”, move on over to another, and let the music take you away! If you want food, or a beer or cooler to help take you away, Sweetwater 905 has it! 

Worried about driving after imbibing a beverage or two? Don’t be! Bring your tent, your trailer, or your truck and canopy! There will be camping for those who wish with fire pits, outhouses and even breakfast in the morning! 

Worried about your kids? What can they do? Well, as we’ve said above, at least three or four times, your children can be entertained as well, while you enjoy the literature, the arts or the music. Once again there will be pony rides, with Rena holding down the fort and making sure everyone stays safe. There will be miniature horses, a petting zoo, and for those children who just aren’t into the animals, there will be a huge sand pile, for making endless sand castles, ongoing crafts, including a paint throwing wall, face painting, and much, much more! 

Sweetwater 905 has been around for ten years, and while many in Dawson Creek mark it on the calendar as a “cannot miss”, there are others who have hesitated to attend. Why not give us a chance? I’m sure you won’t be disappointed.

It all gets underway Friday night at the Mattson Ranch, at 7 p.m. Just follow the Rolla Highway, 8th Street, 17th Street  Street or the Mason Road north to Sweetwater Road and follow the signs. We look forward to seeing you.