As Country Thunder Saskatchewan comes to a close for another year, a member of the management crew is reflecting on the past few days.
The festival, held in Craven, closed out Sunday night with a big performance from country music star Luke Bryan.
On the whole, Director of Marketing and Media Relations Gerry Krochak said it was a good time.
“We’ve had a little bit of wind, but other than that, the weather’s been pretty co-operative,” he said. “Great crowds, the changes to the site have been well received.”
What’s added to the excitement of this festival is the excitement at the headlining act for next year. Chris Stapleton has been announced as the headlining act for Country Thunder 2019 and Krochak said people have already began to open their wallets.
“Doing the Chris Stapleton announcement on Friday night was a big thrill and we jumped out to some good ticket sales for next year already.”
Krochak said that the visitors and attendees to the festival weren’t the only ones to have a good time; the vendors and local businesses present at their grounds also reported success.
“It’s a lot of work to come out here and construction this city from scratch,” he acknowledged. “The impression we’re getting is things have gone well.”
Meanwhile, campers will be busy clearing out of their spots Monday and heading back home, some from out of the country.
That can be said for Brent Bingeman, who hails from just outside of Williston, North Dakota.
Bingeman said he’s attended Craven for the last couple of years now.
“Well it’s only about three-and-half hours from where we live, and we’ve been coming for a few years now. It’s always a lot of fun we’ve had nothing but good experiences up here,” he said.
Bingeman added he is definitely considering coming back for Country Thunder 2019.
(Files from Ryan McNally)