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South Country Fair sets exciting line-up

Lemon Bucket Orkestra performs Friday, July 20 at South Country Fair in Fort Macleod. PHOTO CONTRIBUTED

Rev Sekou performs Saturday, July 21 at South Country Fair in Fort Macleod. PHOTO CONTRIBUTED

Shaela Miller brings her music to South Country Fair in Fort Macleod. PHOTO CONTRIBUTED

South Country Fair has established itself as one of the premier small music festivals in Canada.
Held each July in picturesque Fort Macleod Fish and Game Park, the South Country Fair has a mandate of bringing together an eclectic mix of artists to introduce audiences to new genres of music.
South Country Fair’s roots date back 32 years to when a small group of people decided to come together for a weekend of music.
From that humble beginning, South Country Fair has become an important date on the summer music festival calendar, each year attracting more than 2,500 people for three days of music.
South Country Fair provides performances on two stages by artists representing a wide variety of musical styles. The performers range from some of the world’s top musicians to emerging artists.
South Country Fair gets under way at 5 p.m. Friday, July 20 with the crowning of the new mayor followed by folk songs by Geoff Berner, Lemon Bucket Orkestra and Lily Fawn.
At 8 p.m. poets Kennedi O’Brien, Roylin Picou and Johnny Macrae take the stage for a slam.
Kacy and Clayton perform at 8:15 p.m., followed by songwriting competition runner-up Cathy Hawley at 9:30 p.m.
Shaela Miller is up at 9:45 p.m., following by Etienne Fletcher at 11 p.m. and Lemon Bucket Orkestra at 12:30 a.m.
On Saturday, July 21 Juno Award nominee John Wort Hannam takes the south stage at 3 p.m., followed by Rev Sekou at 4:45 p.m., a poetry slam at 7:30 p.m., Oh Susanna at 7:45 p.m., songwriting competition winner Tara Warburton at 9:15 p.m., The Vaudevillian at 9:30 p.m., Circus Act Insomniacs at 11 p.m., Hank and Lily at 11:20 p.m. and Boosh and the Dip at 12:45 a.m.
The east stage on Saturday features, beginning at 12 noon, Amy Nelson, The Red Hot Hayseeds, a Kris Demeanour and Hank Pine song swap, Christie Rose, The Yardbird Sweethearts, Soda Pony and Wooden Horsemen.
On Sunday, July 22 the south stage features at noon John Wort Hannam, The Dimpker Brothers and The Vaudevillian, followed by Fin de Fiesta Flamenco, Adult Choir, a poetry slam, Sunday gospel with Rev Sekou, Boosh and The dip and Wooden Horsemen; Ndidi Onukwulu, and Kris Demeanour and Maur.
The east stage will feature The Big Grass Jam at 12 noon, followed by Richard Inman, Oh Susanna, Christie Rose, Kacy and Clayton; and The Win soaked Preachers.
South Country Fair is a true festival, with many other activities in addition to the music.
In Lotus Land, top poets perform their original work in the tradition of the spoken word.
Entertainment is provided for children in Kidz Kountry, and there is a merchant’s village in which fair-goers can shop for goods and services ranging from clothes to henna tattoos. There is a focus on wellness with yoga, tai chi and other classes and sessions.
For details visit www.southcountryfair.com.

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