Edmonton Folk Festival went 'superbly': organizers
Published Sunday, August 12, 2012 6:02PM MDT
Last Updated Sunday, August 12, 2012 6:24PM MDT
The Edmonton Folk Festival wraps up Sunday and organizer are calling the event a huge success.
Thousands of people packed Gallagher Park for the festival.
Now in its 33rd year, organizers estimate more than 90,000 people attended the event.
“The low side on the estimate over four-days would be 90,000; the high side would be 100,000,” said Folk Festival producer Terry Wickham.
“It’s gone superbly. The weather was probably the best ever, there was even wind to get rid of mosquitos and it cooled down at night.”
Brian Perkins joined his friends on the hill to catch the Jim Cuddy Band perform.
“Every year it gets bigger and better and you look at the performers, the people, it’s just something you never want to miss out on.”
It’s a summer tradition for many Edmontonians.
“There’s been so much to eat, do, see,” said Heather Gordey.
“There are great artists that I’ve never heard of but now I’m buying their albums sitting on the hill with my iPhone.”
“There’s no place else like it,” said Lindsay Stewart. “It’s just the vibe, the feel and the music is amazing.”
Organizers believe location is the secret to the festival’s success.
“It’s so successful because of all the hills. It’s kind of a joke I say. The hills are alive with music,” Wickham said.
“You go to a lot of festivals that are held on flat ground, it’s not the same atmosphere and it doesn’t have the same acoustics. It doesn’t have the same kind of seating.”
Organizers say they’re already thinking about next year’s festival.
“We build on it every year. We build on our success,” Wickham said.
With files from Amanda Anderson