New acts mix with familiar faces at 2017 Country at the Creek

The Washboard Union performs during Country at the Creek in 2016. The Vancouver-based band is one of three acts headlining the 2017 show. For ticket information on the 2017 show, visit -- Submitted photo.

After several successful years, organizers of Country at the Creek are looking to expand on a good thing.

The annual country music extravaganza is scheduled to begin on June 22, and for the first time since it’s inception, the festival will be a three-day affair.

Event coordinator Jeanette Wicinski-Dunn said that in past years it was common to see festivalgoers arrive the day before the event started. This year they decided to take advantage of that.

“Last year there was lots of people coming onto the site on Thursday, so we thought, ‘you know what, this might be a good opportunity,’” she explained. “While we have them here, we might as well put some music on.”

A total of four different Saskatchewan musical acts will perform on Thursday. The list includes the Prince Albert band The Bush Pies as well as Big River’s Rocky Lakner and Don Millikin.

Wicinski-Dunn said they always try to include a few local artists to give them more exposure and generate interest.

“We’re obviously very happy to have some of the (local acts), and of course, it brings out the local people as well as their families,” she said. “It just builds the event that much more.”

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