Music festival to charge admission

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The Arkansas Blues and Heritage Festival in Helena-West Helena will charge admission for its main stage shows for the first time.

Bubba Sullivan, a member of the Sonny Boy Blues Society board which organizes the event, says hard economic times and loss of some sponsors led organizers to institute a fee.

For 24 years, the annual festival has drawn people from around the world to soak up the music on the banks of the Mississippi River.

The fee for access to the grassy area and levee in front of the main stage will be $10 a day, or $25 for a 3-day pass. 3-day passes will be sold for $20 through Sept. 30 on the festival Web site.

The festival is Oct. 8, 9 and 10.

Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, http://www.arkansasonline.com

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