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Sonshine: The things they will carry away

Seth Hostetter, drummer for the band Children 18:3 signs a fan's guitar Thursday at the Sonshine Festival in Willmar.

When the thousands of Sonshiners pack up and skip town today,

they'll take away more than they came with.

What were once bare white t-shirts will be covered in autographs, a

few new contacts will be entered into cell phones, and some, perhaps,

will take away some bruises from the mosh pit.

Aaron Jones will bring back a guitar covered in autographs. On

Saturday he was waiting in line to get it signed by members of the

band Hearts of Saints.

"I'm trying to get as many as I can," said Jones, who was visiting

Sonshine for the first time.

Natalie Pitts will wear back a Converse shoe covered in autographs

from members of Wednesday night's headlining act Switchfoot. She'll

also bring back a good story about her conversation with one of the

band members.

"We talked about Converse," she said.

Rachel Toren of Bird Island will have something a bit more intangible:

some new friends. On Saturday, she squeezed in on an old couch in Tent

City with Luke Goepfert of Howard and brothers Zach and Matt Horman of


"We just met yesterday," she said.

One of those new friends, Goepfert, was happy about one thing that he

won't be taking back this year.

He pointed to a scar below his left eye where he had gotten 14

stitches - a battle scar from the mosh pits of the 2008 festival.

"For me, it went a lot better this year," he said.

The 28th annual Sonshine festival ended Saturday night with headlining act the