Saturday’s high temperatures did not keep people away from the Niagara Falls Bluegrass Festival.

The two-day event was held at the Niagara Falls cafe.

Spokesman Lachie Hayes said about 400 people attended the festival, which was surprising given Saturday’s temperatures in the high 30s.

‘‘I thought heat of this level would turn people away but it hasn’t.

‘‘I thought they’d be sat at home in front of a fan.’’

The turnout was one of the biggest he had seen in the 15 years the concert had been held.

Many of the concert goers had camped in the paddock beside the cafe.

He was impressed with performer Andy Parsons of Dunedin, who he had only heard perform rock music.

‘‘He’s come down here and played absolute bluegrassy, folksy, country music and just wowed the audience.

‘‘That’s been a huge plus for me.’’

Hot work . . . Selling tickets to the Niagara Falls Bluegrass Festival are Oscar Cracknell (left) and Van Coley, both 12 of Tokanui. PHOTO: SANDY EGGLESTON
Staying cool . . . Enjoying the music are (from left) Callie Callahan of Tokanui, Davin Heaps, Suzy Anderson (both of Wyndham), Craig Hall, Paul Beadel (both of Invercargill), Jimmy and Marama Braven of Wyndham. PHOTO: SANDY EGGLESTON
True blue . . . The Sassafras Bluegrass band from North Carolina performing at the Niagra Falls Bluegrass festival are (from left) Zeb Gambill, Randy Gambill, We Tuttle and Gray Tuttle. PHOTO: SANDY EGGLESTON

When it started raining on Sunday the performers moved from the stage on the lawn into the cafe.

The Sassafras Bluegrass band from North Carolina were special guests at the festival.

Gore Country Music Club member Max McCaughley said the US bluegrass band Sassafras was ‘‘excellent’’ and ‘‘well-worth listening to’’.

‘‘They’re very balanced musicians. They’ve really learnt their craft thoroughly.’’