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Country music festival will feature big-name stars and activities the entire family will enjoy

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By Susan Quinlan
Fort Macleod
For those who have made the long trek north to attend the annual country music festival in Camrose, the following will likely be good news, as Oldman Entertainment has put together Canadian Country Weekend which will run August 12-13 in the river bottom at Fort Macleod.



“I’m a big country fan. I listened to Country 95.5 growing up and got hooked in the heydays of Garth Brooks, while I was going to junior high. I know all the words to all his songs,” said concert organizer Broc Higginson, president and general manager of Oldman Entertainment.


As to how they managed to get so many big-name stars on their first foray into the festival scene, Higginson said his team has plenty of experience organizing huge events and as well knew this was a great idea, as they’d heard “why don’t we have a festival down here” a million times.


They then went after Canada’s biggest country stars.


“First we asked for Gord Bamford, because he’s the 2010 Canadian Country Music Association’s Male Vocalist of the Year and an incredible performer. I want to hold my little guy up and hear him sing Little Guy first ...”


Oldman Entertainment has now put together an all-star line-up that includes Terri Clark, George Canyon, Ian Tyson, Craig Moritz, Tim Hus, Cold Shot, One More Girl and a host of other big-name talents along with some up-and-comers.


“We’re really excited … the last time I got to see George Canyon, it was with several thousand other fans in Calgary. This will be far more intimate.”


Although music is the focus of the weekend event, various other activities have been planned to give the festival family appeal, said Higginson.


Those activities include demonstrations by Mantracker, whom Higginson said they were really excited to get. Riders from the Fort’s Musical Ride will venture down to the site as well, to meet people. Head-Smashed-In will be setting up a teepee and will have representatives onsite, as will Remington Carriage Museum, and there will be hayrides for children as well.


In addition, the Fort will host an overnight campout for children Friday and Saturday nights, similar to the program they run for the schools, said Higginson.


“It’s going to be a great weekend for families. It’s a chance to enjoy southern Alberta, because we’ve got the Fort right here and Head-Smashed-In, and Cardston isn’t far away.”


Higginson said they estimate they’ll have between 4,000 and 5,000 attendees walk through the gates at Fort Macleod’s Fish and Game Park August 12-13.


There is camping in Fort Macleod, but not directly at the concert venue.


As for parking, it’s $20 a day, so Higginson recommended spectators take the shuttle that will be provided leaving downtown Fort Macleod every 15 minutes at a cost of $3.


Tickets for the event can be purchased online by going to http:// www.canadiancountryweekend.com/ and click the ticket link. Tickets can also be purchased at Western Stockman, Lethbridge, the Top Hand Western Shop in Claresholm, the Fort Museum, or by contacting Nathan Scott from Cold Shot in Medicine Hat at 403-581-6011.


An adult pass for both days is $85, or $45 for Friday and $55 for Saturday. Children 12 and under, when accompanied by an adult, get free admission.


Higginson anticipates the weekend passes will sell out prior to the event, but that day passes will still be available once the event gets underway.


Although Oldman Entertainment has advertised the Canadian Country Weekend in local print and radio, they’ll hit the Calgary market soon.


“Once we open it up there, it’s going to change things ... It’s outdoors, it’s intimate … I think we’ll really grow over the years. I love music and had the right partners to do this thing with, and a lot of experience running big events. Oldman Entertainment formed because we wanted to be able to do several events in the future, to bring in concerts and other events for different groups and charities.”


Canadian Country Weekend is just the beginning.   


To check out the entire line-up and learn more about Canadian Country Weekend, go to the website at: http://www.canadiancountryweekend.com/.


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