New Roots in Mid-Missouri

1 decade 9 months 1 week ago Friday, September 07 2007 Sep 7, 2007 Friday, September 07, 2007 12:01:00 AM CDT September 07, 2007 in News

The Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival starts Friday night in downtown Columbia. Crews are working around the clock to get downtown Columbia ready for a festival that's all about music and food. Thirty acts will be performing on three stages around downtown. Festival goers can watch the shows while eating food from local eateries that will have stands set up on the streets.

"We're expecting between 30,000 and 40,000 people to be in downtown Columbia this weekend," Project Manager Pam Ogles said.

Some streets will be closed to traffic, including most of Eighth Street, Elm Street and parts of Broadway, Fourth, Fifth and Cherry. This also means a lot of parking will be closed. Organizers are steering festival-goers toward parking garages or the Hearnes center where they can catch a festival shuttle.

Boone County National Bank says that the festival could become an annual event if it's successful enough. At least one festival-goer from Illinois seems to think it'll be a hit.

"It took us about six hours, a six hour drive," James Hill said. "We came down the for the blues and the barbecue, and we're going to be here from the time it starts until the time it ends."

No pets are allowed, unless it is a therapy animal and coolers, video cameras and alcohol are also not allowed at the festival.

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