Rainy Friday Didn’t Dampen Spirits, Dauphin’s Countryfest

Photo: Michelle Lee-Lekopoy

June 30, 2018 (Dauphin MB) — The rain didn’t stop thousands of poncho-clad music-loving patrons from soaking up the sounds at Canada’s longest running country music festival.

James Barker Band kicked off the evening as clouds rolled in and opened up over the festival site. Even though their set was cut short by the incremental weather, they did not disappoint the audience by returning for an unplugged version of their latest hit Chills.  Dallas Smith hit the stage delivering a driving country and rock set, undeterred by the rain coming down.

Fans filled Countryfest’s amphitheatre to the brim for highly anticipated headliners Florida Georgia Line. The powerhouse duo, who played the festival in 2013, greeted the crowd by acknowledging Dauphin’s penchant for partying, along with the wet weather. “We know you Canadians like to rock! Even in the rain…”

Dallas Smith joined Florida Georgia Line in their rendition of Morgan Wallen’s Up Down to bring to a close another memorable Friday night on the Club Regent Casino & Event Centre Main Stage.

Festival patrons returning to the amphitheatre on Saturday will find out more about what Dauphin’s Countryfest has in store for the 30th anniversary coming up next year, in 2019.


Club Regent Casino & Event Centre Main Stage

Wes Mack – 1:30pm
Leanne Pearson – 3:00pm
QX104 Songwriter’s Circle – 4:30pm
Midland – 7:00pm
Luke Combs – 8:30pm
Eric Church – 10:00pm

Bell MTS Stage

Live Karaoke – 12:00pm
Past the Perimeter – 3:00pm
Russell Lee – 4:45pm
Doc Yates – 6:30pm
Leanne Pearson – 8:15pm
David James – 10:00pm
Aaron Goodvin – 12midnite
DJ Skene – 1:30am

Credit Union Corral Stage

Megan Nash – 6:00pm
Band of Rascals – 7:30pm
Attica Riots – 9:15pm
Snake Oil – 11:00pm


BACON COVERED IN MAPLE SYRUP EATING CONTEST  What’s a more Canadian thing to do on the Canada Day long weekend than indulging in as much bacon as you can eat… covered in maple syrup?? Whoever eats the most bacon in ten minutes wins $100 and one full year of bacon bragging rights.

HOME HARDWARE CAMPGROUND CONTEST – This Countryfest tradition offers great prizes and a heck of a lot of fun! Campers go all out decorating campsites, campers, tents and trucks, as they try to one‐up each other for the title of “most creative” display. Winners are announced on the Club Regent Casino & Event Centre Main Stage on Saturday at 2:30pm.


There are still a few tickets available at the gate! SaturdaySunday $99 / Day Parking $25 / Plus applicable fees and tax.