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Sonshine: Attendees find ways to pass time until festival begins

Sonshine festival-goers had to pass time Wednesday afternoon waiting for the bands to hit the stage at 7 p.m.

Update 5:30 p.m.

The "Hurry up and wait" concept was in full swing at the Sonshine Festival Wednesday.

As a means of entertainment, Sonshine Festival-goers took refuge in volleyball, football, lacrosse and playing music waiting for the main stage to signal the start of the 30th annual music festival at the Willmar Civic Center.

Many took to the civic center around 4:30 p.m. after the doors to the vendor area opened.

A walk into the arena found band shirts and CD's, various ministries and colleges looking for possible recruits.

A few began congregating around the main stage as early as 2 p.m. waiting for the bands who are slated to start at 7 p.m.

Heads are continually looking to the skies as the cool winds have begun to pick up. Anxiety only rises for some, including the festival directors, who have battled severe storms over the years.

Festival Director Bob Poe has a windsock staked out at the civic center and uses his own method of forecasting.

"If it's flying to the South, we are good," he said. "If it's moving East, we may be in trouble."