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Blues festival labeled a success

Published:   |   Updated: May 7, 2013 at 06:13 PM

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About 1,000 people attended the annual Bluesapalooza Music Festival, held last Saturday at Linda Pedersen Park.

Normally a two-day event, the county decided to hold the festivities during a single day, cutting down on the flex time county workers had to take and allowing visitors to get more bang for the buck with almost continuous bands playing.

"I think overall, the event was a success," Hernando County Recreation Coordinator Harry Johnson said.

Johnson said there was a steady flow of people from noon to 9 p.m., with visitors attending the crafts booths, food vendors or just chilling out to the five blues bands.

Johnson estimates this year's Bluesapalooza brought in $10,000. But after expenses still to be paid, the final total will be lower.

Johnson expects the event to have brought in some money, but even if it breaks even, he said it is still a success because it allows Hernando County residents to experience a high-caliber music festival without driving out of the area.

"We feel like we did pretty well with this event," he said.

And, for once, the weather cooperated.

Last year, the second day of the event was rained out, he said.

Johnson said there will be another Bluesapalooza next year, which will also be a one-day event. He hopes to have even more arts and crafts vendors in 2013. (352) 544-5290

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