The North Country Fair is the smallest of the major folk festivals in Alberta. Located on the Driftpile River, south of the community of Driftpile, it is an idyllic location for a fair. Usually held on the weekend closest to the summer solstice, this year's festival takes place in June on or near the summer solstice. Traditionally, the event draws around 5,000 people from all over Alberta and B.C.
Dozens of entertainers, from soloists to bands and even international groups. The wide range of entertainment and activities will appeal to all age groups and interests. There is a children’s tent and wandering children’s entertainers, jugglers, and clowns. There are sites for alternative health remedies, workshops and massages, as well as numerous tents that sell crafts, souvenirs, and the performers’ CDs.
There is also no shortage of food kiosks.
The music takes place on several stages scattered around the grounds, including the main stage performances which take place each evening. After the main stage ends, around midnight, smaller stages spring up again and fair-goers can dance the night away.
Security is tight and there is no alcohol allowed on the grounds. The fair is geared to encourage family fun.
Camping at NCF is included with a weekend pass.
"I've said it before; I'll say it again - North Country Fair is the best music festival, period." — Fish Griwkowsky, Edmonton Sun