Country Thunder Saskatchewan 2024 rolls into Craven

Country Thunder Saskatchewan 2024 rolls into Craven
Country Thunder Saskatchewan 2024 rolls into Craven

On Wednesday, a procession of campers, trailers and caravans made their way to Craven in preparation for the four-day non-stop Country Thunder Saskatchewan party.

The country music festival returns to the Valley once again – this year celebrating its one millionth fan.

The lucky visitor will be rewarded with two Platinum Experience Passes and lifetime access to artist hospitality – along with other prizes.

“I mean, people who have been here before know that this is something that is very hard to explain unless you have experienced it yourself, but we have all the music on Friday, Saturday and Sunday on our main stage,” Digital Manager Megan Benoit told CTV News.

“We also have our beer gardens and our songwriters stage, so there really is entertainment for everyone across all three stages.”

The festival is synonymous with the high temperatures forecast for the weekend.

The festival’s medical team offered some advice to those spending their weekend in the valley.

“Get some shade. Stay hydrated. Make sure you eat well because your body burns fuel much faster than this heat,” explains Health and Safety Manager Belinda Mitchell.

“Make sure you wear a hat and sunglasses. Make sure you get the fluids that go with the alcohol.”

For many participants, this is not their first rodeo.

That goes for Jim Monaghan, who has attended the last 14 Country Thunder Saskatchewan festivals – and has the wristbands to prove it.

He shared some tips he has learned over the years.

“Buy a good generator, bring lots of gas, bring lots of drinks, some snacks and make sure the power works for the heat,” he said. “Friends of ours bring a foot bath. At least put some ice in it and soak your feet in it.”

Festivities kick off on Thursday, with Dallas Smith headlining on Friday night, followed by Nickelback on Saturday. Luke Combs closes out the weekend on Sunday night.