The vision of creating this festival came from humble beginnings. It started with a simple conversation between two friends on the power of music and how it brings people together. It was ignited after an orchard party at the family farm in the Okanagan Valley during the summer of 2012. What started off as a gathering of a couple dozen close friends turned into a long weekend party of nearly 100, playing music, tubing down the river, camping under the stars, and eating mouth-watering fresh fruits right off of the tree. That vision morphed into a dream to put on a summer festival – a dream that became a reality in August of 2013.
The first annual Ponderosa Festival took place at the Rock Creek Fairgrounds over the Labour Day long weekend, from August 30 to September 2, 2013. It was a huge success that brought amazing talent and an incredible group of people together. We are thrilled to see the festival grow in size and popularity and to have the support of our fans and of the community.
The location, the arts, the food, the story, and of course, the music all contribute to the unique festival experience that is Ponderosa. We feel so passionate about this project and take every opportunity to bring something genuine and pure to those who attend – going back to the true meaning of ‘hosting’ a party. This is what we feel has, and will separate us from other music festivals. We are striving to maintain a certain vibe and are looking to build a sense of community that we feel has faded from most of the larger outdoor music events.
The Ponderosa team also has a focus on sustainability and believes in organic growth. Rock Creek is a small community that enjoys its laid back, undiscovered, reputation and we want to be sure the festival grows at a rate that the community is comfortable with. This is one of the reasons why we see Ponderosa as a niche festival – a unique getaway festival experience for both longtime festival goers and those looking to try it for the first time.
-Kris, Kia and The Ponderosa Crew