BIRDS HILL PARK - The Selinger government catered to a key component of its voter base - Winnipeg Folk Festival fans - by announcing a contribution to the festival's capital campaign.

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The crowd cheers on Feist as she performs on the Main Stage at the 39th annual Winnipeg Folk Festival at Birds Hill Park Wednesday night.

RUTH BONNEVILLE / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS

The crowd cheers on Feist as she performs on the Main Stage at the 39th annual Winnipeg Folk Festival at Birds Hill Park Wednesday night.

BIRDS HILL PARK - The Selinger government catered to a key component of its voter base - Winnipeg Folk Festival fans - by announcing a contribution to the festival's capital campaign.

The folk festival is trying to raise $6 million in cash or future commitments by the end of this year, to help pay for improvements that include new forested stage areas and a bus loop at the Birds Hill Park site.

The province pledged Saturday afternoon to spend $650,000 over two years on the plan. As a result, the festival has now raised $4.3 million and will seek individual and corporate donations in an effort to meet the target, said festival spokeswoman Margaret Koshinsky.

While the five-day festival caps its paid attendance at 14,000 people per day, the site can be crowded on the busiest days and short on shaded areas.

So far this weekend, paid attendance has been an average of 10,215 a day, based on figures from Wednesday through Friday.

Tonight's mainstage headliner is DeVotchKa, a Slavic-influenced band from Denver.