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7th annual Northwoods Blues Festival kicks off in Chippewa Falls

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Chippewa Falls (WQOW) - Another festival kicked off on Friday in the Chippewa Valley, bringing in some smooth blues.

The Northwoods Blues Festival is celebrating seven years, and its second year at the Northern Wisconsin State Fairgrounds in Chippewa Falls. Organizers estimate 2,500 people will enjoy the two-day event, which features 12 performances. And new this year is free transportation.

"We are doing some free shuttles for people," said Northwoods Blues CEO Steve Rheaume. "So, we're shuttling people from the festival grounds to Loopy's Grill & Saloon and all the surrounding hotels within a 15-mile radius, so that people can enjoy themselves and just get on a shuttle and be 'limo'ed' away if you will."

The festival has also doubled their food options. Tickets are $40 at the gate for one day and $70 for both days. It's a hot one out there as well. Organizers say you can't bring in carry-ins, but there will be free water available on the grounds.

For more information on schedules, see here.

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