Local Mesquite Band, Delta Straight, brought the three-day music festival known as The Beaver Dam Jam to a Close on Sunday, May 5. 2019 marks the Beaver Dam Jam’s twelfth anniversary. Photo by Teri Nehrenz

Once again, Bill Evans brings great fun, great music and even a great race or two to the Beaver Dam community. On Friday May 3 Bottoms Up took the lead for the three-day music fest known for the past 12 years as the Beaver Dam Jam; a local Mesquite band, Delta Straight, brought the Jam to a close on Sunday.

The biggest draw to the Jam each year, according to almost everyone in the crowd, is by far the three-day line-up of local and semi-local bands that come to entertain the masses.
Saturday brought about a large crowd of people ready to soak up the sunshine, food and fun. The day began with the traditional lawn mower races and continued through the day with several bands from Utah, Arizona and California. Vendors selling t-shirts, jewelry and other miscellaneous items set up, free of charge, to sell their wares to the partying crowd.
As always, Evans gives the local non-profits and schools the chance to raise funds. The Virgin Valley High School was able to set up a booth to sell banners for their athletics department. The Beaver Dam Food Bank was able to set up a table for donations as well.
Temperatures during the first weekends of May have been in triple digits in years gone by but this year’s thermometer reflected more manageable numbers and the stifling heat of years past was not an issue. This year jammers were able to sit back and chill under the awning while they listened to some Old Time Rock-N-Roll along with other genres of music. Even with the Mesquite Days competition, the Beaver Dam Jam drew record crowds and continues to grow each year.