A free, hop-on shuttle service will be offered for the first time at the Whoop & Hollar Folk Festival this weekend.
The weekend-long festival will take place at two locations this year—the usual festival site along Hwy. #331 on Saturday, Aug. 24 and Island Park’s southeast stage on Sunday, Aug. 25 with gates opening at 11 a.m.
Island Park is also the location of the festival’s designated RV camping area, at Portage Industrial Exhibition Campground.
Festival Coordinator, Linda Omichinski, outlines the importance of maintaining connectivity between the two sites and the RV campground.
“With the introduction of more than one day and location this year, our festival committee felt it was only right to provide straightforward, accessible, and affordable transportation between the festival locations and campgrounds,” says Omichinski. “On Saturday, festival-goers can simply hop on board the shuttle circuit at Herman Prior Activity Centre, PortageEx Campground, or the main festival site on Hwy. #331.”
Whoop & Hollar Artistic Director, Josh Wright, adds the shuttle service will aid accessibility.
“We encourage Saturday festival-goers coming from Portage la Prairie to use this shuttle to free up parking spots for visitors travelling from other areas of the province,” explains Wright. “Or, if you don’t have any other means to hit the countryside to check out the festival, this is your chance. The festival aims to be as inclusive as it possibly can.” Site Coordinator Mitchell Omichinski indicates that we are environmentally conscious and we give festival-goers from town the opportunity to leave their cars at home.
On Saturday, the free shuttle bus is slated to run every two hours between 10:45 a.m. and midnight. On Sunday, shuttle service between the two festival sites will be available on demand.
More info can be found at whoopandhollar.com.