There couldn't have been better weather to rock the leaves off the trees than what the skies showed on Saturday for the sixth annual Rock the Leaves benefit music festival.
With temperatures in the upper 70s, blue skies with minimal clouds, and the breeze shaking the leaves on the trees, dozens of people enjoyed the day-long event.
Rock the Leaves took place at the Scandinavian Heritage Park in Minot from 1 to 11 p.m., with several bands taking the stage to entertain the crowd.
Jill Hambek/MDN • Emcees, dressed as characters from the cartoon show “Fat Albert,” take the stage in between musical acts at the Rock the Leaves benefit music festival Saturday afternoon. Proceeds raised from the event will go toward a new bandshell at Oak Park.
Jill Hambek/MDN • Pete Williams, left, stands beside two music festival attendees as they hold up signs to show their support for the parks in Minot at the Rock the Leaves benefit music festival Saturday in Minot. This was the festival’s sixth year.
Jill Hambek/MDN • Festival attendees enjoy music filling the air at the sixth annual Rock the Leaves benefit music festival Saturday. The event was held at the Scandinavian Heritage Park in Minot and drew a sizeable crowd.
Bands slated to perform included Last Great Summer, Echo's Answer, The Rainy Day Rebellion, The Cascade Sun, Ben Eder, D.J. Phillips, Celestrial, The Morning Red, One Ten Ride, These Hearts, Jeb Black and others.
Also available at the music festival were booths selling a variety of merchandise like tie-dye shirts and craft items, informational booths, and concessions.
Joe Davis, as one of the emcees for the event and dressed as Fat Albert, said in between musical acts that money raised from the benefit will be used to help build a new bandshell in Oak Park. The current bandshell was damaged in last summer's disastrous flood.
"It's more than just a bandshell, it's a memory," Davis said.
Overall, the crowd seemed to be enjoying themselves, with some people lounging on blankets in the grass, other people walking around the park, and a handful of kids rolling down the hill, all while amplified rock and pop music filled the air.