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Blues Fest is Back in the City

"It’s a long year's work. It’s a great festival and it’s become a signature event for our area and we are very proud of it,” said Karen Giffin, Community Affairs Manager with the City of Hagerstown.

HAGERSTOWN, Md. - As crews set up chairs, tents and more for the 2014 Western Maryland Blues Festival, organizers say pulling off this event was about a year in the making.

"It’s a long year's work. It’s a great festival and it’s become a signature event for our area and we are very proud of it,” said Karen Giffin, Community Affairs Manager with the City of Hagerstown.

“We started about eight months ago just talking about it, but we had meetings for about a good six to seven months on just about logistics,” said Eric Deike, director of Public Works.

For the past 19 years, the Western Maryland Blues Festival has delivered the blues sound to the City of Hagerstown.

This year, for four days, the Blues Fest will include three locations; the City Center lot, the University Plaza and City Park.

“There are free and paid days, kids and adult activities, there is just something for everyone,” said Giffin.

For an event this large organizers say it takes the whole city, including police, sponsors, businesses and more than 200 volunteers to make sure it runs smoothly.

“Everybody brings their assets, their greatness together, and their strengths to make it a great festival and that’s the excitement of blues fest,” said Giffin.

Organizers say next year is going to be bigger than ever as they celebrate 20 years of bringing the blues to Hagerstown.



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