August 20, 2016 7:42 pm

Country Thunder Music Festival sells out its first visit to Alberta

WATCH ABOVE: The massive country festival Country Thunder is in Canada for the first time. Jodi Hughes sat down with headliners Big and Rich before their show Friday night in Calgary.


It’s no secret that Albertans love their country music and their loyalty doesn’t waiver, even in a recession.

The attendance at the Country Thunder Music Festival proved just that.

It’s the first time the festival has visited Calgary and it’s being hailed as a total success.

The organizers of the Country Thunder Alberta announced that the three-day festival had reached capacity and is officially sold out as of Saturday.

Friday, Big and Rich performed to kick off the first night at Prairie Winds Park.

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Saturday night, fans will be treated to veteran Neal McCoy, Phil Vassar, and superstar Tim McGraw.

“We understand there is a bit of a recession here right now we wanted to give people good value and we think we’ve done that and obviously they did too because we sold out,” Kim Blevins, director of marketing for the Country Thunder Music Festival, said.

“We are so grateful to the people of Calgary for their overwhelming support. Our walk up sales were incredibly strong yesterday, helping to drive our attendance to capacity. It is very encouraging to us as organizers of a first year show, to get this amount of support.”

The festival continues Sunday.

Organizers say that as the temperature rises, they will be offering a water-filling station for people to keep hydrated.

Concertgoers are also allowed to bring in a sealed bottle of water with them to the event.

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