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Rich music and happy crowds populate annual Garlic Festival

With the weather clearing and cooperating, thousands attended this year's Garlic Festival in pretty New Denver. The wind was still next to the calm waters of Slocan Lake as the folk band from Nelson, Mountain Station, hit the stage pickin' and grinnin' through old time traditional tunes. 

Like the whoosh of a windmill the boys fiddled and mandolin'd and banjo'd through definitely not square square dance jigs. An upright bass, supposedly made in Austria and well over a hundred years old proved the jug-like thump of the backbeat.

After that rouse came a few magic tricks from the performer Flydini and then it was onto award winning, up and coming, new Kootenay folk stars Motes and Oats who brought with them their most amazing upright bass player. They saddled through many crowd favourites, original songs, as well as making Folk Funk history with their uplifting version of the Bee Gees disco hit "Stayin' Alive."

The pungent odour of garlic steamed from many sellers' booths with what looked like to the casual eye as a bumper crop year. Art in the form of pottery and stained glass as well as homeopathic remedies were some of the many items of art and food that were present at sellers' stalls. Old timers and young'uns were being themselves, jiving to the good time music and vibes. At then end of the day it was all smiles among everybody, who said goodbye with a "See you next year."

Derek Kaye