Heidelberg Blues Festival This Saturday

Last week a couple of feet of water covered the grass and walking trails in some places of Magnolia Park in Heidelberg. Today the park is dry and ready for the First Annual Heidelberg Labor Day Blues Festival. The promoter for the event, Derrick Cooley, says that the festival supports a good cause.

"We're doing this basically for Hurricane Isaac victims who had problems during the storm and we're asking people who attend to bring donations for the storm victims."

The festival was originally scheduled for Labor Day, but they had to postpone it because the field where they expect about 3,000 people along with many people's homes and businesses were flooded due to Hurricane Isaac.

"That Thursday morning I was supposed to open up my business, but due to so much water in the park, I couldn't open it up" said Anna Heidelberg who owns a business near Magnolia Park.

Ronald Barabino says that, "It did damage to a couple of appliances, freezers, refrigerators, and stuff like that and furniture, some furniture."

Tickets are on sale right now for $15, and will be available at the gate for $20 when they open tomorrow at 2:00. Cooley hopes this festival starts a trend, so the city will be able to continue to help those in need.

"Hopefully this Labor Day Blues Festival will just be the beginning of things to come, we have good things coming to the town."

The festival begins at 4:00 tomorrow afternoon in Magnolia Park and will feature national recording artist Calvin Richardson. There will also be trucks in front of the town hall to collect donations for Hurricane victims that will be sent to the Red Cross and Salvation Army.

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