Kids dance in bubbles (Miss Rae) and the Milk Carton Kids perform (Chris Frayer)
The 40th anniversary of the Winnipeg Folk Festival wrapped up last night at Birds Hill Park with the customary singalong rendition of "The Mary Ellen Carter".
Attendance was high this year with 57,034 paying festival goers. That number beat out last year's total (53,826) but didn't match the biggest festival in 2011 which was attended by 59,553 patrons.
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Saturday saw the biggest numbers of the five days at 12,499 and Wednesday's attendance broke the opening night record with 11,455 attendees. Thursday (10,658) and Saturday each marked the highest day ticket sales ever.
In addition to the paying festival goers, there were also 3000 volunteers, 300 performers and hundreds of guests in attendance.
Thanks to the festival's site redevelopment project two new stages were added, a permanent food area was installed, a new Festival Village was developed and an impressive meeting tower was constructed. Executive director Lynne Skromeda said response to the changes was "resoundingly positive."
The two new stages, Little Stage in the Forest and Spruce Hollow offered more shade for hot festival goers, though there were some complaints of sound leaking between the stages.
"There's more work we can do there," Skromeda said.