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PHOTOS: NASCAR event draws thousands to Auto Clearing Motor Speedway

The scene was loud at Saskatoon's Auto Clearing Motor Speedway Wednesday evening.

A few thousand people took in the Velocity Prairie Thunder 250, the latest race in NASCAR's Canadian Tire series. Among the contenders was Canadian IndyCar racer Alex Tagliani, not to mention all three previous Velocity Prairie Thunder winners.

This is the only stop the Canadian Tire series will make in Saskatchewan all season.

If you missed the race, it will be broadcast on TSN Saturday, July 26th at 3 p.m.

Saskatchewan artists nominated for Canadian Country Music Awards

Some Saskatchewan artists are in the national spotlight after the nominations were announced for the Canadian Country Music Awards.

Langenburg-native Jess Moskaluke was nominated for four awards when the nominations were released Wednesday morning. Moskaluke is up for female artist of the year, rising star and interactive artist of the year. Her album, Light Up The Night, is nominated for album design of the year.

Meanwhile, Cody Prevost of Archerwill is nominated for album of the year for All Kinds of Crazy.

Saskatchewan actor returns to role on Corner Gas: the Movie

Josh Strait couldn't stop smiling on his first day back at work at 'the Ruby' in Dog River.

After appearing in about 99 episodes of the show, Strait is returning to his role as Josh the Cook on 'Corner Gas: The Movie.' The Saskatchewan actor says some traditions from filming the TV show have remained.

Popular Kenosee waterslide out of commission after landslide

One of the most-popular attractions at Kenosee Superslides Waterpark is unavailable for visitors.

A landslide around the Free Fall slide has damaged part of it putting the popular slide out of commission for the foreseeable future.

"The hill had to be cut out to put that slide in in the first place, that had a little bit to do with it," General Manager Harvey Armstrong said."But the wet weather this year was atrocious."

Taste of Saskatchewan to serve up unique items

From sushi to souvlaki, pastry to pasta or crocodile to corn, Taste of Saskatchewan has it all this year.
The six-day festival begins Tuesday at 11 a.m. and runs until July 20 at the Kiwanis Park.
"This year the menu is outstanding," Scott Ford with the Credit Union Centre said. "We've got some excited new restaurants plus a lot of new menu items."

Clean up begins in the wake of Craven Country Jamboree

At some point every great party comes to an end; Craven is officially over and as people pulled their trailers off the grounds they were leaving the garbage but taking home a lot of memories.

This year some campers made a small effort to put the garbage and empty beer cans in bags and pile them up while others left empty cans, cups and trash scattered everywhere. Craven organizers issued a warning this year that they would be cracking down on people bringing building materials and furniture to the grounds.

PHOTOS: Keith Urban headlines for Craven Country Jamboree

The party of the summer has wrapped up for another year at Craven.

Keith Urban closed out the 10th annual Craven Country Jamboree Sunday night on the main stage.

Fans crowd stage at Craven. Brady Knight/CJME

Keith Urban performs at Craven Country Jamboree. Brady Knight/CJME

A lot has changed in 10 years, including the festival's performance budget.

Cowboys ride bulls at Craven Country Jamboree

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.

Luke Bryan takes the stage at Craven

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. 

Craven-goer wears tool belt full of music festival essentials

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.

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