Kelly Morris, the owner of Prairie Entertainer Coaches, has been driving buses filled with country music stars for the last ten years to and from Dauphin's Countryfest.

This year, however, was slightly different as Morris was watching from the sidelines for the first time in a decade as his other drivers took over and let him enjoy the music festival without working.

"It's beautiful out there at Countryfest. Everybody's so friendly. It's a great time working or visiting."

While he wasn't behind the wheel for this festival, Morris says he did get to be around these stars while his drivers took them around Manitoba.

"We drove Alabama around this town of Dauphin for supper and stuff like that. They used the bus for a dressing room. Then George Fox, we picked up in Winnipeg and took them out for his show."

file photoKelly Morris.

He says that while it was very cool to see these musicians when he first started his company, he has come to realize that they were just people.

"I'm just a small-town guy driving these bands around. It's a unique experience, and it's pretty cool," he continued. "It's basically a job now, though, and they're all people, they're all the same, and they treat their bus drivers well. We have four drivers here now, and they treat their bus drivers really well because their lives are obviously in our hands."

Morris notes that taking the camper out and enjoying the Countryfest was a nice change of pace, but he is ready to drive more stars to upcoming festivals such as Rockin The Fields Of Minnedosa and Country On The Bay in Thunder Bay.

Countryfest took place from June 28 to June 30.