On the first Craven stage, under a perfect summer sun, Roy Orbison arrived, dark glasses, rolled up sleeves, guitar in hand. As the years passed, more country greats appeared like Garth Brooks, Kenny Rogers, John Denver, Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, Tim McGraw, Clint Black, Alan Jackson, Brad Paisley, Reba McEntire, George Strait, and Kenny Chesney, and Rascal Flatts in 2011. The list goes on like a country road.
But it's short compared to the list of country music fans who have travelled to the Craven valley to make the Craven Country Jamboree the World's Greatest Country Music Festival.
The "World's Greatest Country Music Festival" is the longest running multi-day music festival in Canada. It has been on the same site for 30 years - in the middle of the beautiful Qu'Appelle Valley. Our endless blue skies and rolling green hills are a treat for the eyes, but that's just the beginning of this extraordinary experience.
For four days in July, 23,500 fans a day visit from every corner of the globe. But we never lose our prairie charm. The people are friendly, the atmosphere is fun, and the musical talent is next to none.
The main attraction is the stellar talent gracing the main stage every day. The Craven Country Jamboree attracts the hottest stars, and the best new talent country music has to offer.
Besides the main stage talent, we offer plenty of activities like andrenaline pumping bull-riding demonstrations, a mesmerizing hypnotist, a song-writers circle, Karaoke action, and a crazy dance party in the Saloon.
Moving out of the main concert area and on to Main Street is another pleasure for our fans. They are treated to a "county fair" atmosphere with quaint old west type buildings which house fabulous food and merchandise vendors offering many tasty treats.
Main Street is also home to our beer gardens, where many local bands are featured each day. Fans can enjoy a cold beverage, some great music, and a dance on our wooden dance floor.
Our campgrounds are just across the scenic Qu'Appelle river and can accommodate over 8500 campers. Fans can either stay in our reserved camping areas, where the sites are pre-marked, or they can stay in our huge general camping area, where, unlike most festivals, fans mark their own sites, ensuring they can stay with friends and family.
With its storied history, amazing talent, and friendly appeal, the Craven Country Jamboree is easily one of the best events in Canada.