The numbers from the Winnipeg Folk Festival are in. And they're big.
More than 53,826 fans bought tickets, fought and beat the heat, grooved and cheered to the music.
Added to that were the 2,950 volunteers and 336 musicians.
This year 6,947 people camped in the two festival campgrounds. And 310 fit fans cycled to the festival in the Bike Ride to the Festival event on opening Wednesday.
MLA Rob Altemeyer makes his mark on the banjo-meter (Cate Friesen/CBC)
In addition, the festival announced its Banjo-meter rose closer to its $6 million goal.
It's part of the Staging the Future Capital Campaign
designed to raise funds for improvements at the site. The Province of Manitoba announced a contribution of $650,000 to the project and the Winnipeg Foundation offered an additional $100.000.
That brings the total to date to $4,264,506. Phase one of the Staging the Future Capital Campaign improved the backstage area.
Phase two will improve the front of house area with new forest stages, entrance and egress improvements, a new festival village and upgrades to shade, water and electrical throughout the site.
Fans were wowed by the likes of K'Naan
, Emmanuel Jal
and Besh O DroM, among others.
Next year marks the 40th anniversary of the festival.