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Hawksley Workman, left, and Adrienne Young, lead singer of Adrienne Young & Little Sadie, perform at the Calgary Folk Music Festival on the weekend.

In spite of the searing heat, 40,000 people rocked to the beat of the Calgary Folk Music Festival on the weekend.

Les Siemienuik, general manager for the Calgary Folk Music Festival, couldn’t be happier with the success of this year’s musical montage at Prince’s Island Park.

The former CBC music producer-turned-festival-promoter said the combination of great venue, great music and great weather was the right recipe for a rousing musical retreat.

“It’s been a really good weekend. Everything’s come together,” Siemienuik said.

“We’ll be around for another year.”

Sixty-seven bands and approximately 350 artists from all over the world performed at the 28th annual festival, with the likes of Great Big Sea, Hawksley Workman, Don McLean and Rufus Wainwright getting top billing.

Though the big names attract the thousands, Siemienuik said one of the most common comments from the throng of fans is that they came to see one of the headliners but they fell in love with the sound of one of the side stage performers.

Over 56,000 litres of fresh water were dispensed, according to organizers, much of it to help combat potential dehydration of visitors.

According to Siemienuik, no major problems had been reported by medical staff.

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