Tuesday, 17 July 2012 09:36

Canadian Country Weekend returns to Fort Macleod

Written by  Susan Quinlan
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This crowd from the inaugural 2011 Canadian Country Weekend is expected to grow even larger, when the event returns Aug. 3-5 in Fort Macleod. Organizer Broc Higginson, said crowd pleasers such as the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Corb Lund, Doc Walker, Charlie Major and Aaron Pritchett, along with many others, are likely to attract music lovers from everywhere. This crowd from the inaugural 2011 Canadian Country Weekend is expected to grow even larger, when the event returns Aug. 3-5 in Fort Macleod. Organizer Broc Higginson, said crowd pleasers such as the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Corb Lund, Doc Walker, Charlie Major and Aaron Pritchett, along with many others, are likely to attract music lovers from everywhere. Photo submitted

For those that missed out last year, there are no worries as the Canadian Country Music Weekend makes a return appearance in Fort Macleod’s river bottom August 3-5. Organizers again predict the event will be a huge success.


“We are unique in so many ways. We focus on Canadian talent and provide an opportunity for up and coming acts to showcase themselves. We have something for everyone, kids to seniors. We are a small-town concert with big-time performers,” said Broc Higginson, president and general manager of Oldman Entertainment.
A fan of country music from a young age, Higginson’s excitement is palpable as he talks about this year’s lineup, which includes long-time country music favourite, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.
 “We are excited to have the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band as our first international act, along with Canadian greats like Corb Lund, Doc Walker, Charlie Major and Aaron Pritchett.”
The event is not just country, said Higginson.
“We are proud to showcase a great mix of talent with everything from rocking country to classic country.”
As well, the original or “real” Mantracker, Terry Grant, will make an appearance.
The event will run two stages pretty much full time, said Higginson, including the main stage and one in the ever-popular beer gardens.
“Once our doors open, we have live music throughout the day.”
In addition, Oldman Entertainment will be giving back, said Higginson.
“We are working with a non-profit group as a fundraiser and hope to provide this service again.”
Given the location of Fort Macleod, added Higginson, there are also many other activities families can enjoy in the region.
“We have the Fort, Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump and Fort Macleod’s historic Main Street. On the grounds, we’ll have riders from the NWMP Musical Ride on hand, a program from Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, the real Mantracker visiting with guests, kids play centres and much more.
“Camping is available, and what’s better than a long weekend with camping and great music?”
For more information and to purchase tickets online, go to the Canadian Country Weekend website at http://www.canadiancountryweekend.com/Information.html.
The website contains a full schedule of events and information on where to stay and where to park, and as mentioned, tickets can be purchased online.
Tickets are also available at the Fort Museum in Fort Macleod and Western Stockman in Lethbridge.
“We hope to continue to grow our festival to be a mainstay in southern Alberta. With the continued support of everyone, we can only continue to get even better.”

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