By Katie Benfield
The Daniel Boone Rail Jam took place this past Saturday at the Daniel Boone Amphitheater, hosted by the We Can So You Can Foundation that is sponsored by Appalachian Mountain Brewery.
This was the third annual Rail Jam here in the High Country with this being the biggest and the most community-based and organized thus far. Participants all throughout the county came together to put on the best event possible and to bring out as many people from the community as they could. All the proceeds went to revitalizing the Daniel Boone Amphitheater.
“I think the event was 100% successful,” Danny Wilcox, Director of Retail Operations of AMB, said. “Everything turned out extremely well, everyone had a good time, people came out.”
Leading up to the event was cautionary because of issues with weather. It was expected to rain throughout the entire event, but luckily, it stopped just in time.
“One of the unique things about the event was definitely weather,” Wilcox said. “The rain stopped right as the event was staring, and it was clear the entire event going forward.”
The entire process of developing the Rail Jam and planning it out to be at the Daniel Boone Amphitheater has been a team effort from the beginning. The Town of Boone partnered with the We Can So You Can Foundation, along with several businesses from all over the High Country, including Mellow Mushroom, Skyline Skybest and multiple others.
“The community effort was amazing. So many people came out in support,” Wilcox said. “That was what the event was about—getting people in the community out and having a great winter event here in Boone, and that clearly happened.”
According to Wilcox, there was an estimated couple thousand of people in attendance. People from all over, including areas such as Chattanooga, West Virginia and across North Carolina, came in order to be a part of the event.
“It was a major production,” Wilcox said.
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