Sonshine Festival 2014 is underway on the Willmar Civic Center and Willmar High School grounds in northeast Willmar. The Christian festival celebrating music and fellowship is now entering its 33rd year.
Sonshine is a Willmar institution now drawing more than 20,000 visitors to our fair city.
The music festival, which started in 1981 as a one-day event, now is a major production spread over four nights featuring more than 100 bands.
Under warming weather Wednesday, Sonshiners began setting up their campsites on the festival grounds and waited for the evening's opening acts to perform.
Some Willmar residence are not fond of Sonshine due to the crowds or increased traffic in town. Others tend to believe rumors and have never even visited the festival grounds.
Willmar remains fortunate to be host to such a significant event. There are many Minnesota cities that would quickly switch places with Willmar hosting Sonshine if ever given the chance.
Thank you to Sonshine organizers for believing in Sonshine all these years and keeping it right here in Willmar. The event has a positive impact on the Willmar economy and as well as facility rental revenue for the city of Willmar and Willmar Public Schools.
Thank you to all the Sonshine volunteers and workers --from the parking to medical staff to law enforcement to set-up crews to stage hands and, finally, all the performers, who help Sonshine become a reality every year.
A special thank you to all of the Sonshine visitors to Willmar and Kandiyohi County. We hope you have a wonderful stay and enjoy Sonshine and its music.
Let the music play on at Sonshine all week under warm and sunny skies.