By JULIE E. GREENE
The 1997 Western Maryland Blues Fest made less than a third of the money than the first festival brought in last year, but organizers weren't crying the blues on Thursday.
"This is not an event to make money. It's a community event. If we break even we're happy," said Downtown Coordinator Karen Giffin.
"It's amazing the amount of sponsors we had this year," a sign people liked the event, Giffin said.
The June 6-8 event drew $41,187 in sponsorship funding compared with $23,630 the year before, Giffin said.
But the festival made only $668 this year compared to $2,500 last year, according to Giffin.
"It was a larger festival this year," she said.
The festival lost money on its headline act, Luther Allison.
Julie Donet, fund-raising co-chairwoman, estimated the festival lost up to $5,000 on the Saturday night concert at the Maryland Theatre.