Blake Shelton is set to take the stage Friday night as Country Thunder Saskatchewan‘s first headline act.
Friday night is also when most people will get a chance to see some of the major upgrades done to the festival this year, including the turf now in place in the main concert area.
Country Thunder General Manager, Kim Blevins says people immediately approved of the upgrades.
“I talked to a couple yesterday who snuck into the concert area while we were still prepping,” Blevins said. “The look on their faces when they saw the grass – it kind of makes it worth it. It’s been fun watching people’s reactions when they walk onto Mainstreet. Looking at the grass, going into the new bathrooms. People are very appreciative of the work we’ve done out here this year.”
Blevins says all the upgrades total approximately 1.2-million dollars.
In the meantime, Blevins says while the focus obviously this weekend is celebrating thebest in country music, she says she agrees with the consistent police presence, adding it’s important to keep impaired drivers off the road.
Blevins says people will have fun, but keep will be asked to keep it respectful.
“W’ll have a good time, but we’ll have it mostly safely,” Blevins said. “I mean, we used to see people with slides coming off school buses, but most of the time it’s in good fun”
- Those going to Country Thunder have designated driver service at their disposal
- RCMP say there will be no tolerance for drinking & driving at Country Thunder Saskatchewan
In the meantime, RCMP say motorists travelling in the area during the festival can expect to see an increased police presence and there will be road checks set up targeting aggressive, distracted and impaired drivers.
According to RCMP Sergeant Crag Cleary, emergencies will be dealt with through general emergency procedures.
“For all of those attending the Craven Country Thunder, if there is an emergency, dial 911,” Cleary said. “If it is not a life threatening emergency, please call 310-RCMP giving your location, your contact information and wait at the scene to meet the officers. Please do not submit complaints through social media.”