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Even Sunfest’s most defiant gave in to the rain Friday night.
“A lot of people left. It rained for over an hour. It was the safest thing for us to do,” said Alfredo Caxaj, executive director of Sunfest.
The festival called it quits Friday around 8 p.m. Most fans in front of the main stage had vacated almost an hour earlier, when the thunder and lightning began.
“I’m going to stay here anyways, and the music’s good,” Johnny Mills, one of the festival-goers who stuck it out until the music stopped at about 7:15 pm, said while sitting in the downpour in front of the festival’s main stage.
The Jerry Cans were one of the acts rained out. The band’s second scheduled show on Sunday will now be the only time the group takes the stage at Sunfest. The Jerry Cans perform their cross of indigenous throat singing and folk music on the South Stage at 5:45 p.m. in Victoria Park on Sunday.
“It will be very high energy-like dance music, but very educational in a way,” said Nancy Mike, the group’s throat singer, about what to expect when the band eventually takes the stage.
Before the rain on Friday night, festival-goers weaved through the rows of artisans, seeing what this year’s Sunfest had to offer.
Jen Dyck sat outside of her tent with her sister as passerbys admired her artwork. “It’s rustic, beachy and bohemian,” she said of her freehand work. It’s the first year the full-time nanny brought Paintings by Jen to Sunfest.
A recognizable face amid the vendors was Thomas Amoah. He’s moved back and forth between Ghana and Canada through his life, but has made it to every single Sunfest. For the 23rd year he’s selling his signature shea butter, made from his Ghanese grandmother’s recipe.
“Everybody is happy. How much more do you need,” said Amoah on why he comes back to Sunfest every year.
He’s tough to miss as you’ll hear him on your way past the Shea Butter Man Shoppe tent, assuring his product is “the best skin product on the planet to use from head to toe.”
With clear skies expected for most of Saturday, Caxaj says the festival will be back on schedule in the morning. Amoah, Dyck and almost 200 vendors will be back at Victoria Park showing off diverse art, products and food.
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