Music could be heard at all corners of Ingersoll’s downtown this weekend.
The 19th Canterbury Folk Festival was another success, drawing thousands of spectators to listen to musicians, check out what vendors had to offer and enjoy a relaxed weekend.
While other festivals may be larger, Canterbury offers a small town feel that has kept people coming back each year.
“I think people find it’s very friendly and warm. The performers love coming. It’s got the small town feel people really love coming to,” Brenda Boswell, the event’s head of marketing and promotion, said. “It’s an atmosphere that’s welcoming and you see the same people every year and performers get to know people who come to watch.”
Boswell, who’s been involved for about 10 years, said the festival began in Ingersoll’s Memorial Park with a few people getting together to play on a picnic table. Since the humble beginnings, it’s grown to be an annual expectation for many.
Boswell said about 10,000 individuals pass through during the three days with 25 vendors and more than 30 musicians performing this year.
There were also workshops throughout Saturday afternoon, food and crafts, beer tent, raffles as well as a children’s, dance and open stages to compliment the main stage.
The festival also saw the Transition from Less Waste help with recycling and composting, which saw only one garbage bag produced last year with less projected for 2018.
The event has new performers each year, but several who return and come from as far as England.
“It’s a very supportive community,” Scott Doyle, who performed on the main stage and took part in the workshops, said. “I knew a lot of people and it’s great to have the support.
“It’s great to have so much going on,” Doyle, who’s from Newfoundland but made Ingersoll his home for 15 years, added. “There’s actually quite a bit happening here. The festival’s a big element and it’s great to have something like this.”
With close to 100 volunteers helping out and plans already on the way for the 20th anniversary in 2019, the festival offers a spot for people to bring a chair, listen to music and enjoy the weekend with friends and family.
“It’s part of a sense of community and having a relaxing weekend where you can enjoy yourself and listen to music,” Boswell said. “We want people to come out and enjoy since it can bring people together.”