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Big Bull Falls Blues Fest is underway


There's plenty of blues in Wausau for the next couple of days.

   The 21st annual Big Bull Falls Blues Fest is underway and organizers say they've already seen a big crowd.

Music fills the air at Fern Island Park in Wausau, as hundreds gather for the Blues Fest.

"We're celebrating our 21st year. It's Wisconsin's longest running Blues Fest so we're proud to have that in our community," said Kari Rasmussen, Director of Wausau area events.

The community enjoys this yearly event. Especially one man in particular who can't stop himself from coming back.

"This will be 19 out of the 21," said Wausau resident, Scott Blanchard.

Scott Blanchard's memories of the festival go a long way back.

"This festival really kicked off when it started downtown behind the library and I remember that first one with a big storm coming up and people holding the tents down and I've been coming back every since," said Blanchard.

Now, 19 years later, he's still sitting on his lawn chair, enjoying the music.

"We definitely put this on our calender every year it comes here but I know we're not the only one as well," said Blanchard.

Which is certainly true. Ken Cole has also been coming to Blues fest for a while.

"About 8 years," said Ken Cole, a Marathon City resident. 

For Ken Cole, this event is all about the people.

"I just come walk around and enjoy the people," said Cole.

"It's great music, it's a great venue, the people are great and the price is right," said Blanchard.

"If you never heard blue grass music it is fantastic and I just come for that because it's the only time of the year I hear it, said Cole. 

And there's plenty to hear, as five more bands are set to take the stage on Saturday.

The event wraps up Saturday night.

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