It is a partnership that is fairly new, but one that provides a lot of interest on both sides of the coin.
The Craven Country Jamboree is a proud supporter of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League and as a way of acknowledging how pleased the SJHL is of having them on board, the league would like to remind its many fans that the annual country music festival is quickly approaching.
A star-studded line-up has been brought together for the jamboree, which will run July 11-14 in Craven.
Headliners for the main stage will be Tim McGraw on July 12, the Dixie Chicks on July 13 and Kenny Chesney on July 14.
Other acts to be on the main stage are Small Town Pistols, Sawyer Brown and Brantley Gilbert on July 12; High Valley, Williams and Ree, Randy Travis and Doc Walker on July 13; Bill Anderson, Gloriana, Chad Brownlee and Scotty McCreery on July 14.
In addition to the main venue there are is also a beer gardens on site with numerous acts performing throughout each day. A list of the entertainment booked into this area includes: Wildfire, Chris Henderson, Third Degree Birnz, Darlene Tuleta, Alex Runions, Williams and Ree, Phil Vassar, Tequila Wranglers, The Otherz Band and Jason Blaine. There will also be recorded music used to fill in the gaps between acts.
The beer gardens actually open for business on July 10 and are in full swing all day on July 11 to give the fans an extra two days of entertainment if they decide to arrive early.
The cost for a weekend pass varies, depending on when it is purchased. If bought before Saturday (June 1) the cost is $179. That price is increased by $20 from June 1 until the time the event begins and if passes are purchased at the gate then the price is again raised, this time to $225.
Children under-12 years of age are admitted free of charge when accompanied by a valid ticket holder and there are no refunds given out under any circumstances. These prices are more than reasonable considering the going rate to see each of the main acts individually is well over $100 and there are no freebies for children at arena shows.
Fans are reminded that camping fees are additional to admission costs and that line-ups getting in and out of the venue can be time consuming so be prepared for extended waits.
The SJHL would like to take this opportunity to wish the organizers of the jamboree a successful weekend of excitement and good entertainment. The league would also like to pass on to the fans several words of caution: don’t drink and drive and be patient when dealing with lengthy lines either at the gate, beer gardens or campgrounds.
The weekend is intended to provide a great opportunity for people from all areas of the province, and many guests from various points from outside of Saskatchewan, to get together to listen to high-octane country music and meet new friends.
Have fun because that is what people in Saskatchewan do.
(Nathan can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org)