The long Saskatchewan road to Bengough

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Sometimes one of the best parts of attending any music festival isn’t all the bands, it’s all the other stuff you get to see.

True, there were a lot of really great acts to catch this past weekend at the Gateway Festival in Bengough, Saskatchewan. But, perched in one of the southern-most areas of the province where few tend to wander, there was plenty of other attractions to be had. Travelling to the Big Muddy Valley, we got to see the Castle Butte rock, which seems to be perennially guarded by roving gangs of cows. We also saw an abandoned border crossing with a strange, bone-filled campsite. The town of Bengough was similarly filled with treasures, including an old heritage site theatre called the Popcorn Palace.

Sometimes if you want to make the most of a festival you gotta look around a little.

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