It's almost that time of year again in the Craven Valley, but this year’s country music festival will be different.

The organizers of Country Thunder Saskatchewan, formerly the Craven Country Jamboree, announced $1.2 million in upgrades to the festival grounds Wednesday.

"It was important for us not to just be a name change. We wanted to do something to create that wow factor," said Gerry Krochak of Country Thunder Saskatchewan.

Among the upgrades are improvements to the washrooms near the main stage.

"The No. 1 thing that we always hear from our fans is bathrooms, bathrooms, bathrooms. So, we've listened to our fans," said Country Thunder Saskatchewan CEO Troy Vollhoffer.

In addition, 200,000 square feet of sod will be added to the main arena and water drainage will be improved throughout the main stage area.

“I think we've created one of the nicest venues in North America," Vollhoffer said.

Organizers say even seasoned Craven-goers will be impressed by the new improvements.

"A lot of fans that have been out here a lot know the site well, but they've never seen it like this,"

Country Thunder Saskatchewan runs from July 13 through 17.