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Friends & Hero's "Pick"-Nic

Then, now and tomorrow: Ivan Daines Friends and Heroes Country Music Pick-nic

Ivan Daines bills his Country Music Pick-nic as “featuring the stars of yesterday, today and tomorrow” — and he’s not kidding.

Among the acclaimed artists who have performed at his live country music variety show in years past are rising Alberta stars Brett Kissel and Lindsay Ell, Canadian Country Music Association favourite Gord Bamford, hall-of-famers Ian Tyson and Dick Damron, as well as George Canyon, George Fox, Pam Tillis and Terri Clark.

“I’m incredibly proud of what they’ve done,” said Daines of the big-name performers who began making waves at his annual events. But he believes new promising up-and-comers can be spotted at every one of his Pick-nics.

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“People ask me why I keep doing it. I say ‘I do it because that is what I do and that is who I am. That is what I love. It is called friends and heroes, and they are all my friends and heroes,'” said the town’s beloved cowboy as enthusiastically as ever.

“I can go on and on on every artist. There is a list out there. It is a book. It is what  I do,” said Daines, noting bad weather, which has sometimes happened over the years, won’t dampen the spirits of the festival. “We will take it as it comes.”

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As in past years, a portion of the proceeds from this year’s festival will be going to charities, including the Red Deer Hospice Society, the Kidney Foundation, and the Ivan Daines Music Therapy Program.

You will have a great time! Invite your friends and family to make this a memorable weekend for all. Whether it be a Weekend Getaway, a Surprise Wedding, your Family Reunion or Friends Camp-out, we want to see you there! Please remember to bring your own Sun Protection, HATS, UMBRELLAS, Lawn Chairs and guitars for our evening campfire sing-a-longs.

Bring the family along and enjoy free parking and camping, which are included in your ticket price. Bring your friends along and have a great time! Remember Wednesday is Free Admission! See you there!


Tanya Nydokus

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