Word is out that Hagerstown has the blues and the weekend turnout at the third Western Maryland Blues Fest proves it, the city's public information manager said Monday.
The three-day Blues Fest drew an estimated 15,000 to 16,000 blues lovers to the city, said Karen Giffin.
Last year's weekend crowd was estimated at between 13,000 and 14,000 people, Giffin said.
"We're getting to be a large festival, and we're getting well-known in the blues community," said Giffin.
The event has gained a reputation for having top-notch acts and being "user-friendly," she said.
Despite a little rain, an estimated 7,000 people attended the free Blues Picnic, which featured five back-to-back musical acts, children's workshops, and arts and crafts at Hagerstown City Park on Sunday, she said.
The Blues Fest itself grew this year, with two stages holding twice the number of acts as one did last year at the downtown Street Fest on Public Square, Giffin said.