Wakarusa Wraps Up Sunday With Crowd Of 20,000

The music festival Wakarusa wraps up its sixth year at Mulberry Mountain late Sunday night.

The last round of performers took the main stage around noon. Organizer Rebecca Venkauskas said music acts will continue on well past midnight. There have been over 150 acts performing since Wednesday (June 4).

Wakarusa brought in around 20,000 people a day. Venkauskas said patrons were able to enjoy over 150 craft vendors and 50 food stands.

Fans said they weren’t bothered by the mud and rain Sunday. Organizers said throughout the week the weather went from hot and sunny to drizzly and cool.

“It’s just part of it,” Laney Reavis said, “I was here last year for the first time, and it was much much much worse, so this is really nothing to compared to that.”

“The rain kinda keeps it cool, ya know, the sun comes out and you can go from cold and rainy to just like really hot in ten minutes,” Michael La Gauttea said.

Festival goers said they weren’t going to let anything get in the way of them having a good time.

“It has been a blast,” Raychel LaFontaine said, ” Everyone is having fun, and the weather has been decent with really good music, good friends, and good vibes all around.”

Organizers said keeping 20,000 people safe was a job taken on by their security staff of 200, and local and state law enforcement agencies.

Venkauskas said Sunday that it was bittersweet for Wakarusa to be wrapping up. She said they will begin planning 2015’s Wakarusa starting next week.

“We’re happy to have the support from everyone in the community…we just love what we are doing and we hope that everyone had a good time,” she said.

 

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