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Winnipeg Folk Festival 2014 - July 10

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This year's 41st Folk Fest runs at Birds Hill Park from July 9 to July 13 with 10 stages for dozens of musicians, including headliner Bonnie Raitt.

  •  Ben Harper plays guitar on the Folk Fest's Main Stage Thursday night. He is touring with blues harmonica musician Charlie Musselwhite.

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    Ben Harper plays guitar on the Folk Fest's Main Stage Thursday night. He is touring with blues harmonica musician Charlie Musselwhite.

  •  Ben Harper plays guitar on the Folk Fest's Main Stage Thursday night. He is touring with blues harmonica musician Charlie Musselwhite.

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    Ben Harper plays guitar on the Folk Fest's Main Stage Thursday night. He is touring with blues harmonica musician Charlie Musselwhite.

  • Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite headline Folk Fest Thursday night.

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    Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite headline Folk Fest Thursday night.

  • Claire Waters and Danny Heinrichs gobble up some famous Whaletails at the festival eating area. The Winnipeggers say they expect to eat at least seven of them before the end of the weekend.

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    Claire Waters and Danny Heinrichs gobble up some famous Whaletails at the festival eating area. The Winnipeggers say they expect to eat at least seven of them before the end of the weekend.

  • Brittany Roginson dances with her hula hoop at Folk Fest on Thursday. She is performing in the fire shows at 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

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    Brittany Roginson dances with her hula hoop at Folk Fest on Thursday. She is performing in the fire shows at 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

  • Chantal Dick attends Folk Fest for the fourth time, dancing to Chic Gamine on Thursday night.

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    Chantal Dick attends Folk Fest for the fourth time, dancing to Chic Gamine on Thursday night.

  • Greg Allan feels the love as he delivers free hugs at Folk Fest on Thursday.

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    Greg Allan feels the love as he delivers free hugs at Folk Fest on Thursday.

  • Della Mae performs Thursday night at Folk Fest.

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    Della Mae performs Thursday night at Folk Fest.

  • Della Mae performs Thursday night at Folk Fest.

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    Della Mae performs Thursday night at Folk Fest.

  • Chic Gamine performs Thursday night at Folk Fest.

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    Chic Gamine performs Thursday night at Folk Fest.

  • Candace Froebe and James Penner attend Folk Fest on Thursday. Penner says he is most excited to see Ben Harper at this year's festival.

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    Candace Froebe and James Penner attend Folk Fest on Thursday. Penner says he is most excited to see Ben Harper at this year's festival.

  • The Village Tower on the opening night of Winnipeg Folk Fest 2014 at Birds Hill Park.

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    The Village Tower on the opening night of Winnipeg Folk Fest 2014 at Birds Hill Park.

  • Kids spin light toys during Bonnie Raitt's set.

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    Kids spin light toys during Bonnie Raitt's set.

  • Festival goers dance to Bonnie Raitt's headlining set on the opening night of Winnipeg Folk Fest 2014.

    Melissa Tait / Winnipeg Free Press

    Festival goers dance to Bonnie Raitt's headlining set on the opening night of Winnipeg Folk Fest 2014.

  • Bonnie Raitt headlining the main stage on Wednesday evening.

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    Bonnie Raitt headlining the main stage on Wednesday evening.

  • Blues legend Bonnie Raitt on Main Stage.

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    Blues legend Bonnie Raitt on Main Stage.

  • Mary Houston and Ian Naften share a moment in the crowd during Bonnie Raitt's set at the main stage on Wednesday evening.

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    Mary Houston and Ian Naften share a moment in the crowd during Bonnie Raitt's set at the main stage on Wednesday evening.

  • Bonnie Raitt on Main Stage.

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    Bonnie Raitt on Main Stage.

  • Festival goers ride the Seven Earthstones see-saw art project by Tonya Borgeson on the opening day of Winnipeg Folk Fest Wednesday.

    Melissa Tait / Winnipeg Free Press

    Festival goers ride the Seven Earthstones see-saw art project by Tonya Borgeson on the opening day of Winnipeg Folk Fest Wednesday.

  • The Bros. Landreth perform on Main Stage.

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    The Bros. Landreth perform on Main Stage.

  • Amy Helm and the Handsome Strangers on Main Stage.

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    Amy Helm and the Handsome Strangers on Main Stage.

  • Elliette Fast points out bubbles atop her father Reynold's shoulders on the opening day of Winnipeg Folk Fest.

    Melissa Tait / Winnipeg Free Press

    Elliette Fast points out bubbles atop her father Reynold's shoulders on the opening day of Winnipeg Folk Fest.

  • Kids play in the crowd on the opening day of Winnipeg Folk Fest 2014.

    Melissa Tait / Winnipeg Free Press

    Kids play in the crowd on the opening day of Winnipeg Folk Fest 2014.

  • Amy Helm and the Handsome Strangers on Main Stage.

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    Amy Helm and the Handsome Strangers on Main Stage.

  • Michel Julius carries the essentials in the rush to get a campsite.

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    Michel Julius carries the essentials in the rush to get a campsite.

  • Volunteers Jeanne Harrison, left, and Denise de Decker gave Folk Festival visitors a warm welcome for the festival's opening on Wednesday.

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    Volunteers Jeanne Harrison, left, and Denise de Decker gave Folk Festival visitors a warm welcome for the festival's opening on Wednesday.

  • The day began with the bike ride to the park, hundreds of participants  rode their bikes to the Birds Hill Park to get priority entry to the Winnipeg Folk Festival on Wednesday.

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    The day began with the bike ride to the park, hundreds of participants rode their bikes to the Birds Hill Park to get priority entry to the Winnipeg Folk Festival on Wednesday.

  • Folk lovers began their Wednesday, July 9 with a drive or bike ride to Birds Hill Park to get priority entry to the Winnipeg Folk Festival. Thousands of cars , trucks and RVs rolled directly into the park toward campground parking in a streamlined process free of  previous years' delays.

    KEN GIGLIOTTI / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS

    Folk lovers began their Wednesday, July 9 with a drive or bike ride to Birds Hill Park to get priority entry to the Winnipeg Folk Festival. Thousands of cars , trucks and RVs rolled directly into the park toward campground parking in a streamlined process free of previous years' delays.

  • Bring your bug spray and sunscreen: Thomas Beever has both in preparation for the Folk Festival's start.

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    Bring your bug spray and sunscreen: Thomas Beever has both in preparation for the Folk Festival's start.

  • At left, Melissa Russell leads a group of loaded-down friends to a camp site upon arrival at the campground Wednesday.

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    At left, Melissa Russell leads a group of loaded-down friends to a camp site upon arrival at the campground Wednesday.

  • Three-year-old Briar MacDonald runs around as her mom and grandmother set up their craft sale tent at Winnipeg Folk Festival. The popular music festival starts tomorrow.

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    Three-year-old Briar MacDonald runs around as her mom and grandmother set up their craft sale tent at Winnipeg Folk Festival. The popular music festival starts tomorrow.

  • Briar MacDonald, 3, and her mom Devaki MacDonald, from Collingwood, Ont., have fun setting up their craft booth in preparation for the Winnipeg Folk Festival.

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    Briar MacDonald, 3, and her mom Devaki MacDonald, from Collingwood, Ont., have fun setting up their craft booth in preparation for the Winnipeg Folk Festival.

  • John and Mike Wolchock set up the Pollock Hardware fix-it-shop in the Birds Hill Park campground.

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    John and Mike Wolchock set up the Pollock Hardware fix-it-shop in the Birds Hill Park campground.

  • Stage hands set up the festival's Main Stage a day before the festival opens.

    BORIS MINKEVICH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS

    Stage hands set up the festival's Main Stage a day before the festival opens.

  • Iain Graham of Sound Art puts up the speakers on Main Stage at the Winnipeg Folk Festival. The popular music festival starts tomorrow.

    BORIS MINKEVICH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS

    Iain Graham of Sound Art puts up the speakers on Main Stage at the Winnipeg Folk Festival. The popular music festival starts tomorrow.

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