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Countryfest awash in big, happy crowds


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This article was published 29/6/2014 (1089 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

Fans soaked up the music at the 25th edition of Dauphin’s Countryfest despite the rainy weather.

Countryfest organizers were excited to see every show go on as scheduled. Rascal Flatts wrapped up the event as the Sunday night’s headliner.

“Attendance was great all weekend,” said Countryfest president Eric Irwin. “The amphitheatre was packed on Saturday night for headliner Blake Shelton. Fans were definitely wet, but the mood was great.”

Irwin, who has attended the festival every year, said while this year was one of the worst for rain, it was not as bad as 1993.

“Flash floods washed out the road to The Pas, and people going that way couldn’t leave,” Irwin said.

About 80 mm of rain fell in Dauphin and area from Friday to Sunday morning, according to Environment Canada.

Countryfest sold out quickly and more than 14,000 people were in attendance throughout the weekend.

Wet weather didn’t deter party-goers at the site and local RCMP were called to a number of incidents.

RCMP officers in Dauphin responded to 18 calls for service at the Countryfest site on Friday and Saturday.

Nine disturbances — four for assistance, two for dangerous driving, and one each for each impaired driving, breach of probation and assault — were responded to within the two days.

Five men were also removed from the site for being intoxicated and were kept overnight in cells.

The RCMP would like to remind drivers to abide by the rules of the road as they drive home following their time at the festival.

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