MINNEDOSA — Record-setting attendance at the 11th annual Rockin’ the Fields of Minnedosa this weekend.
The fun-filled weekend of concerts included The Sheepdogs, Bret Michaels and Three Days Grace.
"We are very pleased with the whole weekend especially that attendance was up about 10 per cent," said festival president Darcy Bialas. "Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves."
Attendance at the festival has been growing over the past few years.
Last year’s festival drew more than 2,000 people each day — compared to only 400 who came out to the first revived festival in 2004.
A group walking through the site on Saturday afternoon said it was the best rock fest weekend in the last five years.
The Sheepdogs drew a large crowd as the opening night headliner. Dean Gamey from Strathclair said they were the reason that he decided to come to Rockin’ the Fields this year.
Gamey has come to the festival for the past four years and was not disappointed with Friday night’s show.
"The Sheepdogs played a fantastic headliner set," he said.
Bialas guessed based on his view of the crowd that Bret Michaels was the best attended concert of the weekend.
"He had a show lined up in Regina that got rained out and we think that some of his fans from there came out to rock fest instead," Bialas said.
Fortunately for rock fest, the rain held off until after Friday night’s concerts that also featured Harlequin and Brandon’s own Until Red.
Until Red has performed at Rockin’ the Fields for the past two summers. Bass and piano player Liam Duncan said each year their experience has developed musically.
"Our first time we were part of a Battle of the Bands event and then last year, we did our first set on the main stage," Duncan said. "This year, we had a much better time slot on the main stage and it went great."
One of the best parts of the festival for Until Red is getting a chance to hang out with the other musicians. The band was able to meet most of the Sheepdogs and Harlequin.
"This festival is one of our favourites because we get to relax a little," Duncan said. "It is always such a blast."
Until Red would love to be back playing Rockin’ the Fields in 2015 if they have a chance.
Three Days Grace was the Sunday night’s headliner and ended the festival weekend strong.
"We are very happy and already looking forward to the next one," Bialas said.
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