Organizers at the 25th annual Mission Folk Festival are encouraging patrons to bring pop-up tents or canopies to the three-day musical event on those days when it looks like rain.
Normally festival goers are asked to leave such shelters behind, but organizers are intent on holding the festival, despite the showers expected this weekend.
Heavy showers early Friday should not keep patrons from attending, said John Vissers, one of the festival organizers.
“We have such a wonderful line-up. It would be a shame for people to miss it because of inclement weather,” he said Friday.
The rain stopped in the afternoon, allowing for the grounds at the festival site, Fraser River Heritage Park in Mission, to dry up for the patrons.
The weekend performances showcasing international artists from six continents and seven seas begins at 7 p.m. Friday and runs until 11 p.m.
This year, Friday night patrons will be able to see performers on three stages on the grounds.
They will be on Stage One: Epic Swedish All Stars, and Himmerland.
On Stage Two, you’ll find the amazing Andy Leftwich Trio and Van Django.
The Main Stage will feature H’sao , Pacific Curls and Shooglenifty.
On Saturday and Sunday, performers can be seen on the day stages, and evening performances will be at the main stage.
Other weekend performers include Canada’s beloved folk artist David Francey, world renown songwriter and First Nations musician Buffy Sainte-Marie, amazing array of musician from Sweden and Denmark including the rollicking big band Habadekuk, and the ‘voice of Greenland,’ Rasmus Lyberth.
From Brazil, the show has virtuoso artists accordian player Renato Borghetti and guitarist Arthur Bonilla, plus Minor Empire, Colum Sands, Los Pinguos, Eliza Gilkyson and The Teetotalers.
The forecast is for showers this weekend, so patrons are asked to dress appropriately.
For a full list of performers, schedule, camping and ticket prices, go to www.missionfolkmusicfestival.ca
See also: Twenty-five reasons to go to the Mission Folk Music Festival, at bit.ly/Mb4aNs
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