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PHOTOS: 40th Winnipeg Folk Festival Opens

July 11, 2013 11:45 AM | Photos

Winnipeg Folk Festival

Patrons take in the entertainment on the opening day of the Winnipeg Folk Festival at Birds Hill on Wednesday, July 10, 2013. (TED GRANT / CHRISD.CA)

Thousands waited eagerly outside of the gates to the 40th annual Winnipeg Folk Festival on Wednesday morning.

Once allowed in, campers, cyclists and other festival revellers rushed to pick out their coveted spots to enjoy the next several days.

This year’s festival packs $5 million in new upgrades to the Birds Hill Park site, including a new food vendor location, a more central market and merchant area, and a hard-to-miss tower.

Opening day entertainment included Canada’s City and Colour, Grammy-nominated North Carolina band The Avett Brothers and Winnipeg’s own bluegrass/folk globetrotters Oh My Darling.

Also on the agenda is Ontario singer-songwriter and Festival alumnus Serena Ryder, The Decemberists’ frontman and songwriter Colin Meloy, Indigo Girls, Leon Redbone, Bob King, Sylvia Tyson and Ken Whiteley.

This year’s Winnipeg Folk Festival wraps up on Sunday, July 14.

View the photo gallery below.