Mr Quirk had the crowd going on Saturday morning.THE sights and sounds of the Port Fairy Folk Festival are spilling out into the streets this weekend.
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Thousands of day-trippers travel from nearby south-west towns just to take part in the fringe festival entertainment, as well as the waves of festival goers between major performances.

The many campers who have flocked to Port fairy this weekend were out and about as early as 8.30am to enjoy the stalls, street performers, buskers and Folkie artists fleshing out the fringe festival atmosphere.

After knowing about the Folkie experience for years, Lachlan Browning, 16, made the trip from Melbourne on Friday with a group of close friends.

“I’ve been here every year since I was about four and Dad’s been coming for 30 years,” he said.

“The music changes every year, but there’s still a great atmosphere everywhere.

“It’s a fun weekend to spend with your mates because it’s just a really nice vibe and everyone is friendly.”

Street performer Mr Quirk delighted audiences early in the day with his crowd-interactive show.

“I’ve been coming back to the festival for six years,” he told The Standard.

“Most people who stop and watch are on their way to and from the festival in the morning, but in the afternoon the crowd really picks up.

“It’s the same show I perform but it varies from year to year, because a lot of people have also been coming to the festival for years.

“I keep coming back because the crowds are great.

“I really love these audiences.”

Inside the festival grounds is more of the same flavour, albeit with a few more musical distractions.

John Butler, Jimi Hocking, Clare Bowditch, Adam Cohen, Jeff Lang, Tripod, and Judy collins are just some of the big names entertaining masses of crowds this weekend.

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