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Owensboro bluegrass festival sets another attendance record; ROMP turnout jumps 22 percent


OWENSBORO, Kentucky — Owensboro's annual bluegrass music festival has set a new attendance record — and by a large margin.

The Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer ( ) reports that more than 25,000 people attended the 12th annual ROMP: Bluegrass Roots & Branches Festival, which was held from June 24 to June 27. That figure is up about 22 percent from last year's record of 20,600.

Katie Keller, marketing director for the International Bluegrass Music Museum, which sponsors the event, says nearly 10,000 were at the festival on Saturday alone. John Prine and Leftover Salmon were among the top-billed performers that night.

This year's turnout means that the festival has more than quadrupled in size since 2010, when about 6,200 people attended.

Information from: Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer,

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