October 2, 2011 by wcobserver
By Lillian Winkler
Photos by Lillian Winkler and Jeff Winkler
A little rain didn’t stop those attending the 29th annual Winfest on Sept. 17. Although the crowd was a bit thinner because of the weather, you never heard anyone complain: in fact, the occasional downpour throughout the day seemed to brighten the experiences of those at the event. Kids frolicked, bands played and everyone seemed to have a great time.
This year the festival featured nine local bands, all of whom volunteered their musical talents and passion with a wide range of instruments including mandolines, guitars, a stand-up bass and even the banjo-like bouzouki. Some of the instruments were handmade by the performers. The folks at Winfest who stuck it out through the rain were rewarded with a cool evening ending in the song “Simple Man” played by Left of Center.
“I feel that the best part of Winfest is connecting with other musicians and meeting great new people, everyone wants to share and be a friend. Reminds me of the beatles song Imagine” said one attendee.
Approximately 300-400 people attended and all 200 Winfest t-shirts were sold. Like the past few years, Winfest will graciously donate the proceeds to Winslow Community Meals and area Friends of the Library.