The Prairie Wind Music Festival came back to Cypress River and attendees were excited to finally get to hear live music for the first time in a while.

Organizer Stu Anderson says, following the forced hiatus due to COVID-19, they were ecstatic to see such great musicians take the stage. 

"After COVID, I feel like it was really important for people to get back together around live music and local food and everything else that goes on," notes Anderson. "The lineup was was really special, we had a really diverse range of talent and genres."

He adds, that for the first time, Prairie Wind celebrated Pride. Anderson touches on where he hopes the festival will be in ten years.

"I hope it maintains its unique and intimate qualities," explains Anderson. "It's nice to come to a smaller festival just feel that you know everybody and you're all in it together."

He's glad the community rallied behind the festival to make sure it was a hit since, after a few years away, it can be hard to judge if you can expect the same turnout as before.

He mentions that this was their ninth festival, so they'll have to cook something special up for next year's rendition.