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Blues Fest kicks off downtown

Trump: 'A great signature event for Hagerstown'

Trump: 'A great signature event for Hagerstown'

June 03, 2005|by DANIEL J. SERNOVITZ

daniels@herald-mail.com

Newly elected Mayor Richard F. Trump ushered in Hagerstown's annual Western Maryland Blues Fest on Thursday morning, nodding his head not to the likes of Robert Johnson or Muddy Waters, but to those more integral to its success.

"This is a great signature event for Hagerstown," Trump said. "Hagerstown is a great city, but it's also a great community ... and this is the evidence of it, and this is why Hagerstown is such a great place to live."

Blues Fest is the first official event over which Hagerstown's new mayor will preside. The festival showcases a variety of blues - from Delta to Chicago.

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Trump was joined at Thursday's press conference by event founder and coordinator Carl Disque and city Public Information Officer Karen Giffin. Trump said he has attended the event for the past five years and enjoys the sense of community it fosters.

"It's all about you," Trump said. "It's for you to come down and for you to enjoy."

After the news conference, Trump said he does not listen to blues music other than during Blues Fest.

"I don't know that I listen to it outside this event," he said. "I listen to talk radio."

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