Weird weather plagues N.L. Folk Festival, Busker Festival

St. John's events had a hard weekend weather-wise.
The crowd at the Newfoundland and Labrador Folk festival Friday before the evening's events were cancelled. (CBC)

The Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Festival, and other St. John's events, had a hard weekend weather-wise.

Friday night's session had to be cut short because of heavy rains. Saturday afternoon's schedule was cancelled due to thundershowers, with ticket holders offered refunds.

Folk arts society president John Drover says festival sponsors will help save the day.

"The afternoon session is not the biggest session. But we didn't have a big crowd out on Friday night either. But like I say, sponsorship money really goes a long way, and we're not really here to make some money, we're here to bring folk music to people, and we've been doing that," he said.    

"We have some great sponsors, Statoil and TD Bank, that's going to cushion the blow. Of course, the Folk Arts Society is a charitable organization, and you know it costs a lot of money to put this festival off. We have hundreds of volunteers doing it. So those sponsorships will make a big difference to keeping the festival going," he said

The final session Sunday night did manage to go ahead as planned.

Busker festival affected

The wacky weather also forced cancellation of some events at the St. John's Busker Festival.

"It's absolutely up and down with the weather, it's one of those years. We lost Friday, but we had a great day yesterday, the crowds are great, the performers are great and we're just really pleased to be here for the 11th year," said festival organizer Gaylynne Lambert.

She said  this year's crowds were smaller, but that didn't dampen anyone's spirits.

The international street performers usually draw between 30,000 and 40,000 people to the downtown.