Daniel Wesley belts out the tunes to a large crowd at this year’s NedFest which took place on Saturday

NedFest rocks Mesachie Lake

The Homestead in Mesachie Lake was full of campers, vendors, and of course a stage and V.I.P tent

The Homestead in Mesachie Lake was full of campers, vendors, and of course a stage and V.I.P tent as organizers made the finishing touches to the venue in the early afternoon of Saturday, Sept. 15.

NedFest, now in its third year, once again rocked the residents of Mesachie Lake, as well as visitors from around the Cowichan Lake area and beyond.

A total of eight bands played late into the evening, including Daniel Wesley from Vancouver, 99 Buck, Vinnie’s Last Ride, Weak Patrol, and local bands such as the Joint Chiefs.

Hot Mama’s Burlesque performed for the crowd for third year in a row.

The youngest performers, hailing from Victoria, were The Colts.

These youth, all under the age of 14, had quite the line-up prepared for listeners, as they were the first act to hit the stage.

With songs like “Perfect Situation” by Weezer to kick things off, and “Don’t Stop Believing,” by Journey, they had crowds dancing in the mid afternoon sunshine.

The band, including Ruben Dominelli, Autumn Kennedy, Cairo Kennedy, and Harbour Nolan, have been together for about two years.

Caleb Kennedy, from both Weak Patrol and 99 Buck, is their coach and mentor. The kids were excited to play their first event outside of Victoria.

Organizer Doug Eddy, says approximately 200 tickets were sold prior to the event, but he was hoping that between 350 and 400 would have sold when all was said and done.

And with people pouring in throughout the afternoon and evening, it looked like this goal could very well have been the reality.

It will be a couple of weeks before organizers will know exactly how much money was raised, but with a silent auction and even cookie, brownie, and earring sales by Eddy’s daughter, Amber and her friends, the sum should be nothing to sneeze at.

Items for the silent auction were donated by local residents, businesses, and organizations such as Handmade Hugs, Country Grocer, and Mesachie Fire Chief Gary Eve.

For more colour photos of the event, search NedFest Homestead on Facebook.


Just Posted

Cowichan-based company provides glass alternatives to plastic straws

Enviro Glass Straws now producing more than 60,000 staws each year

Lexi Bainas column: Roger Sparkes honoured, CVAC art show now new and improved

A well-deserved posthumous award goes to Cowichan Theatre’s biggest booster

Workshop helps Cowichan residents understand basic of dementia journey

Free Getting to Know Dementia workshop to Duncan on Thursday, May 2.

Drivesmart column: Liability: pedestrians and drivers turning left

Alexander Zacher was walking to work early on the morning of Oct. 31, 2014 in Tsawwassen.

Robert Barron column: Will the opioid crisis ever end?

There were 31 small white crosses placed about a half-foot apart

Sri Lanka invokes war-time military powers after nearly 300 killed in Easter bombings

Sri Lanka’s minister of tourism says 39 foreign tourists were killed in the Easter Sunday attacks

Coming up in Cowichan: Easter Eggspress; knitting workshops

Hop aboard the Easter Eggspress at the BCFDC The Easter Eggspress is… Continue reading

Trudeau to be portrayed on ‘Simpsons’ episode

Toronto journalist who’s posted videos of himself doing impressions of the PM voiced him for the show

Elizabeth May’s wedding dress a ‘walk through a garden’ on Earth Day

Green Party leader set to get married in Victoria

Campbell River RCMP say alcohol and speed may be factors in collision

Woman injured after driver ran into her car on Highway 19A, says fire captain

Number of ancient humans continues to grow after discovery

Scientists identify at least 12 species outside of Homo sapians following discovery in Philippines

Bodies of 3 mountain climbers recovered after last week’s Banff avalanche

The men disappeared while attempting to climb the east face of Howse Peak in the Icefields Parkway

Happy birthday: Queen Elizabeth II turns 93 on Easter Sunday

Sunday is the first of two birthday celebrations each year for the queen

RCMP confirm witnesses say body found at Kelowna’s Gyro Beach

Police tape is blocking part of the beach and several RCMP officers are on scene.

Most Read