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Barrie RustFest (Toronto Area, August 31, 1996)
Your Host - Zain Love In Mind Patel
The Fest Call was put out by Zain Love In Mind Patel....
Fest Report(Also see the Show Reviews)
Given that the venue was a large park, the plan was to meet at the furthest beer tent once the gates opened, and then again between each act. That was the plan, but the reality was quite different (isn't it always?). Because Rusties were coming in separately from all over southern Ontario and from various parts in the U.S., we ended up having numerous 'mini-fests' rather than one big one. For example, Thrasher spotted new Rustie Dave Fielder's MORE BARN! shirt as he came out of a porta-potty (insert rude joke here), and they exchanged a few words. I was fortunate to hang out with about 15 Rusties at one time or another (of the 30 or so I knew would be there), though some I only got to meet very briefly. Everyone was in a great mood, and really pumped up to see Neil, who was slated to appear at about 9:00 pm, after the 5 opening acts.
Somehow, several of us were able to locate the furthest beer tent, and Andy Strote managed to hang his MORE BARN! banner on the fence. I had made a little RUST sign (which I held up during the show, BTW, though I don't know if Neil noticed it), but it was dwarfed by Andy's huge sheet (not that I have banner envy or anything). The MORE BARN! banner really helped, because other Rusties spotted it, and swarmed to it like mice to cheese. It was great to finally put faces to the names of so many Rusties I'd never before met, and it was a real honour meeting everyone. Not sure what else to say, except that the photos do more justice to our fest(s) than what I've written here, so be sure to check them out.
These photos are provided by Andy Strote, aka Cutlass Supreme. The size of each is listed below, for consideration by those on slow links.
Outside of the Barrie site. From left to right it's Zain Patel, Mary McGuire, Andy Strote, Rick Stephenson. Note Zain's Rust sign which he held up during the concert about 20 feet in front of Neil. (17K)
Inside the Barrie beer drinking area. From left to right: Jennie Leith (all the way from Boston), Brad Leonard (I think!!), Shakey, David Youngberg, Allan Tong (what's that shirt say?) (23K)
All Smiles. Brad Leonard, Shakey, Jennie Leith, John Kato Kitamura (16K)
Group shot. Rick Stephenson, Thrasher & Thrashette, Rick's wife Susan York, Rick's sister Jennifer, Rick's brother-in-law Matt DuBreil, Andy Strote, Zain Patel, Mary McGuire. (24K)
MORE BARN! Shakey with Jennie Leith. (23K)
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