July 2, 2014 10:28:41 AM
The seventh annual Southside Blues Festival will be held July 3-5 at Townsend Park.
The festival is a free, open event that will feature live music, a softball tournament and food vendors, according to event committee member Wendy Blunt.
"It's a little something we put on for the city of Columbus and the Southside, and now it has grown," said Blunt. "It is welcome to everyone."
The event kicks off at 6 p.m. Thursday and will be accepting entries for the softball tournament and food vendors until the day of the event. This year, the committee is expecting some of the event's best participation; last year's large celebration at Columbus Air Force Base took attention away from the festival.
This year many gospel and blues performers have been booked. Big Joe Shelton and the Mississippi Boys, Eddie Lewis, and Echo Airs of Memphis are just a few of the acts performing.
"It's something a lot of people look forward to every year to get away from it all without having to spend the money to get out of town," Blunt said.
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