Cowichan’s Sunfest thrills country fans

Right, Saturday night headliner Darius Rucker performs for a big crowd at Sunfest 2022.Right, Saturday night headliner Darius Rucker performs for a big crowd at Sunfest 2022.
Top left, Hardy takes the stage, as fans pack close at Sunfest on Sunday, July 31.Top left, Hardy takes the stage, as fans pack close at Sunfest on Sunday, July 31.
MacKenzie Porter interacts with fans from the stage at Sunfest 2022 during her set on the big stage on Sunday evening. (Robert Porter/RMS Media photos)MacKenzie Porter interacts with fans from the stage at Sunfest 2022 during her set on the big stage on Sunday evening. (Robert Porter/RMS Media photos)
Local music legend Randy Bachman was a last-minute addition as the headline act at Sunfest, 2022, on Friday night, July 29. For more from Sunfest, see page 22. (Robert Porter/RMS Media)Local music legend Randy Bachman was a last-minute addition as the headline act at Sunfest, 2022, on Friday night, July 29. For more from Sunfest, see page 22. (Robert Porter/RMS Media)

Thousands of country music fans descended on Laketown Ranch in Youbou over the long weekend for four days of non-stop entertainment.

Despite sticky hot temperatures, fans flocked to the area in front of the big stage to see such country superstars as Darius Rucker, Dallas Smith, Orville Peck, Aaron Pritchett, Kip Moore, MacKenzie Porter, Hardy, Randy Houser, and local musical legend and last minute addition Randy Bachman.

It was a triumphant return for the huge music festival, which had to be cancelled for two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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