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SunFest dawned at CowEx Thursday

Jesse Lee Roper of The Roper Show served some sizzlin
Jesse Lee Roper of The Roper Show served some sizzlin' country-blues to Thursday night's SunFest fans as B.C.'s biggest country-music bash kicked off at CowEx grounds. SunFest continues until Sunday.
— image credit: Peter W. Rusland

Hundreds of country-music fans soaked in SunFest 14 Thursday as B.C.'s biggest country-music festival rose on Cowichan Exhibition grounds.

Security was evident amid the well-behaved crowd that filled the Saloon Stage area for a bale of local acts, setting the table for tons of tunes Friday through Sunday — when superstar headliner Tim McGraw hits the main stage.

Traffic into the sprawling site was heavy but steady off the Trans-Canada Highway, as vehicles of all shapes and sizes filed into 'SunTown'.

Visitors must now turn around at Mount Sicker Road to approach SunFest in the southbound lane, as there's no northbound left-turn into the event.

Founding-organizer Greg Adams and his Wideglide crew expect about 30,000 cowboy-hatheads this weekend during the all-ages' event that's come to eclipse the defunct Merritt Mountain Festival in family entertainment — while giving about $500,000 so far to valley charities and groups.

Friday's roster of rockabilly starts at 2 p.m., spanning mainstage acts Jake Owen (9:30 p.m.), George Canyon (7:30 p.m.), Kira Isabella (6 p.m.), Brodie Dawson (5:15 p.m.), Terra Taylor (4:45 p.m.), plus Saloon Stage acts The Tumblin' Dice (11 p.m.), Boondock (4 p.m.), Moonshine Mollys (3 p.m.), and Sydney Batters (2 p.m.).

Also, visit sunfestconcerts.com, pardner.

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