Edmonton Folk Fest looks to celebrate couples who met at event
Festival has been a meeting place for more than 30 years
The Edmonton Folk Music Festival is celebrating the love connections forged throughout the event's 34-year history.
Organizers of this year's festival have put out a call for couples who have fallen in love under the influence of some sweet tunes.
Tara and Blair Assaly have been married for 16 years and say they still remember meeting at the festival.
"We met in the Porta Potty lineup," said Blair Assaly. "As I was waiting in line for the Porta Potty, she butted in line and I grabbed her arm and said, 'Excuse me, there's a lineup here.'"
Lovers were invited up to the festival's main stage Saturday afternoon to celebrate.
However, it's not all love at the festival. For one couple, it's more of a love/hate relationship.
Stephen and Shelly Bouska have been married for 44 years. Stephen loves the festival, while Shelly can't stand it.
"It's not that I don't love him," says Shelly. "But Folk Fest is probably the most uncomfortable festival I could imagine.
"Lots of lineups, sitting on a hill on a hard chair. I tried it once and I thought no, that will be enough for me."
Listen to Stephen and Shelly chat with Mark Connolly on Edmonton AM, as they discuss the pros, and cons, of the festival.
But the couple has made it work.
"I saw the writing on the wall very clearly and we were much happier doing our separate ventures, especially around Folk Fest time," said Stephen. "She's very much a team player as long as she doesn't have to suffer."
There's still one day left to see if love is waiting at the festival.
It wraps up Sunday night.