Before the music starts up for the day at Craven Country Jamboree, festival goers can get a little bit country by watching bull riding.
Boys, Bulls and Bucks starts at noon on Saturday and Sunday. Many of the bull riders are just boys, between the ages of 10 to 18. Organizer Glenn Lipett says they bring in cows from Alberta that were specially raised for younger riders.
Despite padding, a helmet and kid-friendly bulls many of the junior riders have been hurt.
Festival-goers got to sing along with one of the biggest names in country music on Friday night.
Luke Bryan kicked off the Craven Country Jamboree and fans were not disappointed.
"When he shaked his hips it was awesome. I couldn't stop singing, I think I'm going to lose my voice tomorrow morning," Megan said.
"Probably the best concert I've even been to by far," Shane said.
For Mitch the crowd played a big part in making the experience.
The Craven Country Jamboree is full of fun, music, booze and sometimes, ingenuity.
Brandon Kish was walking with his buddies Friday, dressed minimally—a pair of electric blue shorts and some shades straight out of Risky Business. He needed to make sure he could carry everything he would need. So why not sling on a tool belt?
“Fits a beer perfectly, mickies, sunscreen, bug spray, whatever you need—condoms—everything for Craven,” said Kish.
Stephen Maguire charmed a sold out crowd at Mayfair United Church Thursday evening.
The Irish-born country-folk musician and the Memory Lane band gave the audience a blast from the past with music from the 1940s and 50s during their Sask Flood Fund benefit concert.
The first show of the four-concert series raised more than $5,000 for the Red Cross Sask Flood Fund. Those donations, along with any others up to $50,000 will be matched by PotashCorp.
The unofficial kickoff to the Craven Country Jamboree began on Thursday night, but the music on the main stage will start on Friday.
Campground conditions were a mixed bag earlier in the day. A water truck was running down Main Street, working to keep the dust down while another truck was getting pulled out of a very muddy low spot just a couple hundred meters away.
"Once you get down to general admission it's pretty muddy," said Jessica Rose, who was setting up for the weekend. "Looks like there's people stuck down there already."
#MaslanyWasRobbed is a trending hashtag on Twitter today as Tatiana Maslany was once again left off the list of Emmy nominations.
The Regina born actress plays multiple characters on the hit SPACE channel show Orphan Black. Fans of the show are expressing their outrage, calling it an abomination and an atrocity that she wasn't nominated. Others say she's simply too good for the Emmys - calling the awards show a waste of time for not recognizing her talent.
Big talent is brewing big excitement this year at the Craven Country Jamboree.
Bands started playing at the beer gardens on Wednesday night but acts on the main stage don't start until Friday night.
Kim Blevins, director of marketing and communications with the festival, said there's a lot of buzz around Luke Bryan playing Friday night.
"Luke is the hottest thing in country music right now. And he played our show about three years ago and was a mid-afternoon act. So he's coming out and it's going to be a great show."
The nominees for the 66th Annual Emmy Awards were announced on Thursday morning. 'Game of Thrones' leads the pack with a total of 19 nominations including outstanding drama series. 'Breaking Bad' is also nominated for best drama with Bryan Cranston picking up a nomination for outstanding lead actor.
"(It's) a stage play about a man who goes to a crappy hotel room to drink himself to death and has a conversation with a gorilla," said Tyler Toppings explaining his show 'It's Complicated.'
Toppings' show is one of 18 gracing four stages around Regina as the 10th annual Regina International Fringe Festival kicks off. For five days, audiences can get their fill of comedies, dramas and music - a combination sure to please just about anyone.
Toppings is teaming up with Adam Milne, who said the festival has definitely grown over the years
The convoys of trailers and trucks have already started setting up at the Craven Country Jamboree, and festival organizers say they're ready.
Kim Blevins, director of marketing and communications, admits that the site just outside the village of Craven did get quite a bit of rain, like everywhere else in Southeast Saskatchewan, but it's not a big problem.