Country music, impaired driving, and lighting a kitten on fire? It might sound like something straight out of a horror movie, but these real life events happened recently at the Craven Country Jamboree in Craven, Saskatchewan.
Held from July 14th to July 16th, 2016, the Jamboree had some big ticket names in the country world performing, but all eyes were on the crowd this year as rowdy people caused chaos.
They kept local police hopping: according to RCMP there were three impaired drivers charged within the first 24 hours, five roadside suspensions handed out, and three charges for traffic collisions. There were also several tickets handed out for disturbing the police and mischief to property, and 73 traffic tickets. All of these events happened on or near the grounds of the event.
Fast forward to day three and five more people were charged with impaired driving. RCMP also handed out 59 more traffic tickets and there was one crash.
Out of all the issues RCMP dealt with at Craven this year, by far the most heinous was the animal abuse incident that occurred. Two people, a man and a boy, were charged with attempting to set the kitten on fire after dousing it with alcohol. Thankfully the kitten was handed over to a local vet and is now on the road to recovery.
It’s just one more example of what’s wrong with the Craven Country Jamboree. It has a history of disorderly conduct, impaired driving charges, and now they can add animal abuse to the long list of issues caused by this music festival.
It goes without saying that rules still apply even if you’re out there having a good time. Maybe it’s time Craven took a look at how other music festivals run peacefully and put some strict rules in place. Especially after this year, it’s hard to believe the organizers or anyone who lives nearby would want this type of behavior to continue.