The sounds of late summer will drift through the air as Coulee Fest returns to Lethbridge College in two days, with an award-winning lineup of up-and-coming artists.
The 1st Choice Savings Stage will be busy all day as students and the community celebrate at Coulee Fest for the first time since 2019. All members of the southern Alberta community are invited to join in the fun on campus from 1 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 17, to mark the start of a new academic year with live music, food trucks, beer gardens and a wide range of activities for people of all ages, including children.
The on-stage entertainment runs all day, with a pair of exciting Canadian recording artists capping off the day, as Lemon Cash plays at 6 p.m. and Hailey Benedict takes the stage at 4:45 p.m. Coulee Fest organizers worked with the Sakamoto Agency to bring in both Lemon Cash and Benedict for these special performances.
Lemon Cash was named CMA Ontario's artist of the month in November 2021, and the band has played a series of high-profile shows, including the Calgary Stampede and a showcase event during the Canadian Country Music Awards (CCMA) week. Benedict just won her first CCMA award earlier this week, as Interactive Artist or Group of the Year. She was named 2022 Country Music Alberta Horizon Female Artist of the Year, earned the 2022 Country Music Alberta Horizon Single of the Year and was nominated for the Rising Star award at the 2022 CCMAs.
Another highlight of the day on the stage is the first Kodiak Beast Feast – a competitive eating competition open to the first 20 people willing to devour the traditional foods of a Kodiak bear, such as berry pies, Swedish berries and goldfish crackers, for a chance at great prizes.
The lineup for the 1st Choice Savings Stage includes:
- 1:15 p.m. – The Band Formerly Known as Karen, Lewis and Pam
- 2:15 p.m. – Plaid Ramblers
- 3:30 p.m. – Kodiak Beast Feat
- 4:45 p.m. – Hailey Benedict
- 6 p.m. – Lemon Cash
All of this and more takes place at Coulee Fest on Saturday at Lethbridge College. Most exhibits are open from 1 to 5 p.m., although some will stay open throughout the entire festival, right up to 7 p.m.
This will be the fourth Coulee Fest hosted by Lethbridge College. Admission is free and attendees can take in live music, interactive program showcases, 16 food trucks, family fun areas, a special edition of Prairie Made Market, a beer gardens hosted by Hudsons Canada’s Pub and a sustainability contest sponsored by Lethbridge College’s AgENT program.
Learn more at couleefest.ca.