VIDEO: Perfect Weather Leads To Big Turnout At The Island Unplugged

Pelee Island was abuzz this weekend as it played host to The Island Unplugged festival.

Close to a thousand people turned out to the fifth annual event which features a full roster of local, national and internationally known musicians.

Artistic Director Rod Strickland says the weather was perfect and attendance was up.

"The weather was hot and sunny and wonderful. No rain anywhere in sight. So it was great. We've got better numbers actually through the gate. For the evening performances things really picked up. A lot of people really wanted to come out and see The Sadies and there was lots of bogeying going on. So it was great."

He says they added a songwriters circle this year to give fans a chance to meet the artists.

"It's the first time we've done that and it was really great to let a few people just kind of do what they need to do and have a lot of fun, tell some stories. I think that was a really nice piece that we added into the program."

Strickland says they're hoping to be back with another great show next year.

"We go year to year. We always have to find out and see what the gate was like. We're really a non-profit. We're run by a whole army of volunteers here. So we just have to make our seed money back for next year and at this point I think we're OK."

Fourteen acts in all took the stage at the two day long festival.

— with files from AM800's Gord Bacon