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Folk Festival volunteers say evacuation went smoothly, share unique perspective

Folk Festival volunteers say evacuation went smoothly, share unique perspective
From Global News - August 11, 2017

Volunteers at Edmontons Folk Music Festival say theyre pleased with the way the site was evacuated as a storm approached Thursday night.

Barb Moore-Nason and Josh Nason share a unique perspective on the subject. The mother and son duo were at Big Valley Jamboree in 2009 when a massive storm blew through, causing the stage to collapse, killing Donna Moore, a young mother from Lloydminster, Alta.

I was just really scared, I didnt really know what was going on, Nason said.

High winds forced organizers of the Folk Festival to shut down just before 8 p.m. Thursday.

It worked really smoothly, Moore-Nason said. After the evacuation call from the main stage, it was just over an hour until we had everyone offsite. It went smoothly.

Moore-Nason helped with Thursdays evacuation effort and said things have changed since the Big Valley disaster.

READ MORE: Edmonton Folk Festival shut down Thursday night due to dangerous winds

Its way better now, just having the plans in place, she said, crediting social media as the fastest way to connect with festivalgoers.

We have more eyes across the site. Instead of just knowing whats going on in front of you, you can hear about and know whats going on everywhere across the site, Moore-Nason added.

Festival producer Terry Wickham said they were on red alert last night.

Wickham said organizers decided to have an onsite meteorologist shortly after the Big Valley tragedy.

A meteorologist was onsite Thursday and warned of the approaching storm.

From any tragedy some good can come, its woken everybody to the fact that, Hey, lets not take things for granted. If you do an outdoor show it can be really tough.

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