10,000 fans attend RI's Newport Folk Festival

July 31, 2011 - 9:28 PM

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — Blue skies and strong ticket sales have blessed Rhode Island's long-running Newport Folk Festival, two days of music from featured veteran acts and up-and-comers.

An estimated 10,000 people attended the festival at Fort Adams State Park on Sunday. They were treated to performances from Emmylou Harris, Elvis Costello, Wanda Jackson and more than a dozen other acts on three stages set around Newport's historic fort.

Hundreds more fans listened from sailboats, kayaks and rafts just offshore.

Following Harris' set Sunday evening, folk pioneer Pete Seeger took the stage to lead the audience in singing the classics "Turn! Turn! Turn!" and "Where Have All the Flowers Gone?"

The weekend folk festival was first held in 1959. It's known as the place where Bob Dylan went electric in 1965.

The Newport Jazz Festival kicks off Friday at the same site.