Tens of thousands of country music fans are basking in the heat of Lake Cowichan this weekend, as the new venue for Sunfest just outside of town hosts 4 days of non-stop partying.
The festival is expected to pump huge business into the Lake Cowichan area and draw people who’ve never seen the west coast town before, for a long weekend that has become a must attend for fans of all walks of life.
In the sea of bronzed biceps and toned tummies that is Sunfest at Laketown Ranch just outside Lake Cowichan, a wild group of seven ladies is living it up in the spirit of Thelma and Louise.
“Oh we have been having so much fun. Absolute blast,” says 62-year-old Sher.
Showing music fans their children’s and grandchildren’s age at this youth filled party centred around country music how to party.
From 75 year-old great-grandma “G-Ma” taking tequila shots at 10 am,
“Really it almost feels like we shouldnt be doing this. It’s so much fun,” she says.
To her 65 year old friend Judy Atcheson zip lining here for the first time.
“The first time I went down with my eyes closed and the second time I looked up at the stars and it was awesome,” says Atcheson
This country music festival connects them all, for a few days in July that fans mark their calendars for year after year.
“We are expecting about 17,000 people per day. Yeah it’s big,” says Sunfest Spokeswoman, Emmalee Brunt.
Pumping huge money into Lake Cowichan, and a new vitality into the group of seven ladies. Refusing to let the freedoms of youth be left only to the young. Knowing weekends like this are what one day all these people will be telling their grandkids about. Though for them it will be when they get home from his trip.