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40th Winnipeg Folk Festival Draws Second-Biggest Crowd

July 15, 2013 3:35 PM | Entertainment

Dr. Dog - Winnipeg Folk Festival

Dr. Dog performs at this year’s Winnipeg Folk Festival at Birds Hill Park. (TED GRANT / CHRISD.CA)

The 40th annual Winnipeg Folk Festival drew its second-biggest audience since its inception.

Organizers said on Monday the five-day festival, which included two new forest stages and a new Festival Village, had a total cumulative paid attendance of 57,034.

“We couldn’t be happier with the way things went,” executive director Lynne Skromeda said. “These changes have been years in the making and reflect the work and input of so many incredible people including our amazing volunteers who took on this tremendous change with great spirit and enthusiasm.”

The festival invested in a $5.4 million site redevelopment project to meet health and safety standards and improve audience experience.

Opening night attracted the biggest crowds with 11,455 paid attendees visiting Birds Hill Park last Wednesday.

The largest draw to the summer music festival was in 2011, when 59,553 patrons attended.