ENLIGHTENED: The amphitheatre is lit by thousands of people holding candles for the popular fire event to end the Woodford Folk Festival.
ENLIGHTENED: The amphitheatre is lit by thousands of people holding candles for the popular fire event to end the Woodford Folk Festival. CONTRIBUTED

Wondrous Woodford Folk Festival winds up

SOME time between midnight and dawn this morning, the bustling, dusty whirl of song and people that is the Woodford Folk Festival quietened and it was all over for another year.

Despite the heat and occasional stormy skies, this year's festival pulled a bigger crowd than last year.

Festival general manager Amanda Jacques said attendance was up by 5%. She expected the aggregate attendance over the six days of the festival to total about 118,000.

New Year's Eve always draws the Woodford crowd but Ms Jacques said an unusually large first-day attendance had been a pleasant surprise for organisers.

She said Sunday's highest temperature of the year did not appear to have had any impact on numbers.

"We might have even grown by a little bit more if that hadn't happened," Ms Jacques said.

She said festival visitors had been careful with their water use and the site's water supplies had held up well.

"We'll still have quite a bit of water left," she said. "They haven't gone through as much as we'd thought."

Ms Jacques rated the opening ceremony and a performance by Julian Marley, son of Bob Marley, as highlights of the festival.


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