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Getting drenched in the rain part of Countryfest experience

Campers fill the fields behind the stage. The festival expanded its camping area to 4,300 spaces this year.  (BORIS MINKEVICH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
Friday afternoon party in the campground. This group brought a sign stating their name as
Performer Lisa Brokop on stage Friday afternoon. ( BORIS MINKEVICH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
Rain hits the festival Friday evening.  (BORIS MINKEVICH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS  )
Fans rock on through the rain during Lee Brice Friday evening.  (BORIS MINKEVICH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS )
Fans brave more rain on Friday evening. (BORIS MINKEVICH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
Lee Brice interacting with his fans. (BORIS MINKEVICH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS )
Fans shake off the wet weather and are all smiles later Friday evening. (BORIS MINKEVICH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
An aerial view of the festival site taken during a chopper ride from Gimli-based Prairie Helicopters.  (BORIS MINKEVICH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
The Band Perry performs as Friday night's headliner, despite the rain. ( BORIS MINKEVICH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
A festival sideshow entertainer juggles fire late Friday night.   ( BORIS MINKEVICH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
Some festivalgoers horse around on Saturday. (BORIS MINKEVICH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
Festival goers killed some time during a rainy Saturday afternoon by drinking. Here are a few empties. (BORIS MINKEVICH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
This giant game of flip cup was by far the largest drinking game spotted in the campground. (Boris Minkevich / Winnipeg Free Press)
Dedicated, wet fans watch Dallas Smith performs second last Saturday night.  (BORIS MINKEVICH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS  )
Dedicated, wet fans watch Dallas Smith performs second last Saturday night.   ( BORIS MINKEVICH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
Blake Shelton performs as the festival's Saturday night headliner. (BORIS MINKEVICH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
Blake Shelton gives the Countryfest crowd what they like. (BORIS MINKEVICH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
Blake Shelton headlines Saturday night at Dauphin's Countryfest. The festival wraps up Sunday.   (BORIS MINKEVICH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
Blake Shelton's fans pack the stands to see the country singer perform Saturday night at Dauphin's Countryfest. (BORIS MINKEVICH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
Some festival goes make the best of the rainy conditions on the final day of Countryfest, Sunday June 29, 2014 (Boris Minkevich / Winnipeg Free Press)
Campers fill the fields behind the stage. The festival expanded its camping area to 4,300 spaces this year. - (BORIS MINKEVICH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
Friday afternoon party in the campground. This group brought a sign stating their name as "Team Gong Show." - (BORIS MINKEVICH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS )
Performer Lisa Brokop on stage Friday afternoon. - ( BORIS MINKEVICH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
Rain hits the festival Friday evening. - (BORIS MINKEVICH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS )
Fans rock on through the rain during Lee Brice Friday evening. - (BORIS MINKEVICH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS )
Fans brave more rain on Friday evening. - (BORIS MINKEVICH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
Lee Brice interacting with his fans. - (BORIS MINKEVICH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS )
Fans shake off the wet weather and are all smiles later Friday evening. - (BORIS MINKEVICH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
An aerial view of the festival site taken during a chopper ride from Gimli-based Prairie Helicopters. - (BORIS MINKEVICH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
The Band Perry performs as Friday night's headliner, despite the rain. - ( BORIS MINKEVICH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
A festival sideshow entertainer juggles fire late Friday night. - ( BORIS MINKEVICH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
Some festivalgoers horse around on Saturday. - (BORIS MINKEVICH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
Festival goers killed some time during a rainy Saturday afternoon by drinking. Here are a few empties. - (BORIS MINKEVICH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
This giant game of flip cup was by far the largest drinking game spotted in the campground. - (Boris Minkevich / Winnipeg Free Press)
Dedicated, wet fans watch Dallas Smith performs second last Saturday night. - (BORIS MINKEVICH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS )
Dedicated, wet fans watch Dallas Smith performs second last Saturday night. - ( BORIS MINKEVICH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
Blake Shelton performs as the festival's Saturday night headliner. - (BORIS MINKEVICH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
Blake Shelton gives the Countryfest crowd what they like. - (BORIS MINKEVICH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
Blake Shelton headlines Saturday night at Dauphin's Countryfest. The festival wraps up Sunday. - (BORIS MINKEVICH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
Blake Shelton's fans pack the stands to see the country singer perform Saturday night at Dauphin's Countryfest. - (BORIS MINKEVICH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
Some festival goes make the best of the rainy conditions on the final day of Countryfest, Sunday June 29, 2014 - (Boris Minkevich / Winnipeg Free Press)

DAUPHIN — A little rain — OK, a lot of rain — isn’t enough to dampen the spirits of 14,000 country music fans at the 25th annual Dauphin’s Countryfest.

On Saturday afternoon, rain was steadily falling, soaking the already soggy site. Friday night brought with it severe thunderstorm watches and unrelenting rain.

Rain soaked festivalgoers on Friday and Saturday.

BORIS MINKEVICH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS

Rain soaked festivalgoers on Friday and Saturday. Photo Store

"I don’t remember a time when it rained through an entire evening of performers," Eric Irwin, president of Countryfest, said backstage. It didn’t matter; people geared up and got down to Blackjack Billy, Lee Brice and The Band Perry, who played through the rain.

Tonight’s forecast doesn’t look much better. Dauphin is currently under a rainfall warning. According to Environment Canada, thunderstorms are expected to roll in by the time Tim Hicks, Dallas Smith and Blake Shelton take the mainstage tonight, bringing with them 50 millimetres of rain. An additional 20 to 30 millimetres of rain is expected to fall on Sunday.

Countryfest goers are taking the wet weather in stride. "I love the rain," says a Brandonite named Dale. This is his eighth time at the festival. "It always rains at Countryfest. If it didn’t rain, it wouldn’t be the same."

Allison Boxshall and her friends were already camped out at the mainstage by 1 p.m. on Saturday with tarps and ponchos. "I’m here for the music," she says. And she’s hardcore.

The site’s 4,300 campsites have been deluged, although some sites are drier than others. Still, if there's a take home message, it's that a little mud never hurt no party.

Dauphin's Countryfest wraps up on Sunday with Rascal Flatts on the mainstage.

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Updated on Saturday, June 28, 2014 at 5:24 PM CDT: Corrects typo.

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