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Canadian Country Weekend organizers considering new location

Canadian Country Weekend organizers have not yet decided where the event will be held in 2013, or if it will even go ahead.
Oldman Entertainment Inc. general manager Broc Higginson responded last week to rumours the country music event would move to Lethbridge from Fort Macleod.
“We haven’t made any decisions at all yet,” Higginson said in a telephone interview.
Comments have been posted on the Canadian Country Weekend’s Facebook page indicating the 2013 event will be in Lethbridge.
Canadian Country Weekend has the past two years been held in Fort Macleod.
“We haven’t even decided if we’re holding it yet,” Higginson said in response to those indications the event is moving to the city.
Higginson said his group has discussed finding a permanent home for the event on land they own.
Staging the music festival on public land creates many issues for organizers, including security, insurance and ease of access.
Canadian Country Weekend the past two years has been at Fort Macleod Fish and Game Park.
“A lot of it really depends on the location for us,” Higginson said.
Higginson admitted his group is concerned that attendance dropped off last year.
At least 3,000 people a day have to pass through the gates in order to make the music festival profitable. That didn’t happen in 2012.
“It has to be something that is financially viable,” Higginson said. “If we can’t get the numbers we can’t keep putting it on. If attendance isn’t around that number, it isn’t worth it financially to do it.”
Attendance in the festival’s first year was close to 3,000 people a day, but dropped off considerably in 2012.
Terri Clark, George Canyon, Gord Bamford and Canadian legend Ian Tyson headlined the 2011 two-day festival at the Fish and Game Park.
Jaydee Bixby, Tim Hus, Trevor Panczak and Rough Stock, One More Girl, Shane Chisolm and Craig Moritz also performed.
Last year Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Charlie Major, Corb Lund and the Hurtin’ Albertans, Aaron Pritchett and Doc Walker were the headline acts.
Canadian Country Weekend was held in mid-August in 2011 but last year was two weeks earlier on the Heritage Day long weekend.
News that organizers might pull Canadian Country Weekend from Fort Macleod concerned town council.
Coun. Susan Koots was concerned the decision was in response to some negative feedback organizers received from some residents.
“They were not welcome by everybody,” Koots said.
“That’s unfortunate,” Mayor Shawn Patience said. “I don’t think everyone shared that sentiment. I certainly didn’t.”

2 Comments For This Post

  1. Dale Stenbeck Says:

    I think the reason for lower attendance was that it was held the same weekend as Big Valley Jamboree.

  2. Bob Bowal Says:

    Can’t have it same weekend as Craven, BVJ or Ponoka
    At Fort Macleod in 2011 – had a good time and looked forward 2012 but BVJ trumps..
    Good luck… Macleod great location, small community, nice venue, in time with the right marketing will make it…
    Do it !!!