That’s all, folks! 36th annual Lowell Folk Festival a big hit - THE LOWELL SUN

The 36th year of the Lowell Folk Festival ended with a bang. Crowds came out all weekend to celebrate the annual gathering of arts, food, music and culture.

Even a wind and rain storm that hit Saturday evening didn’t dampen spirits or attendance, said Greater Lowell Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Danielle McFadden. The organization provides online and general fundraising support, marketing and public relations for the festival.

“Businesses are reporting a record number of patrons on Sunday,” she wrote by email. “Lowell doesn’t let rain stop us!”

She said although attendance numbers aren’t in, yet, “I do know the garages were up this Friday over last year.”

Organizers expected to welcome as many as 150,000 visitors to the three-day affair — the region’s largest outdoor party for more than three decades.

The Chamber’s primary role during the festival is to coordinate the bucket brigade, in which teams of volunteers fan out across the festival’s venues and grounds to solicit donations to support the free event.