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UPDATED: Blues Fest Location In Question One Week Out Thanks To Flood

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Officials announced on Friday morning that the annual event would be moving to Centennial Park, just down river from LeClaire Park. More here: http://bit.ly/TpMJkB

    Blues fans are geared up and world class musicians are set to take the stage. The only question remaining is: where will it be? On Thursday, July 3rd the 30th annual Mississippi Valley Blues Festival is set to kick off but one week ahead of that it was still unclear of where the major event will be held. 
     The high water in LeClaire park could again force the festival to move. One option is on 2nd Street once again which is what some downtown businesses are hoping for. 
     In the last three decades the festival has had to relocate from LeClaire park four times. Woodfire Grill was one of several downtown businesses to see a boost when everything moved to 2nd Street last year.
     "It's a little chaotic but it's manageable.  It seems like everyone is having a good time, you know shoulder to shoulder, but everyone has a good time down here," said Travis Myers, Sou Chef at Woodfire Grill.
      He says the business will need to be to all hands on deck if it happens again. "It's cutting it close, but we'll do what we can do.  We're up for the challenge," added Myers.
     Right next door, a pizzeria that opened up this janJanuarys planning to close for the 4th but now plans to stay open in hopes to cater to festival goers.  "We're open until 3 am so that really gets people in here when there's festivals going on. There will be a line out the door at times," said Monica Golinvaux, co-owner of Falbo Bros. Pizzeria.
     Wednesday night, city leaders approved closing down a portion of 2nd Street in preparation to hold it there. With that venue last year organizers say the festival was one of the biggest draws in the last few years but that it was a little cramped. While it's still an option a couple of other locations are on the table. Organizers consider accessibility, public parking, and if it's an interesting location for visitors. Whatever venue is decided, an enormous crowd is expected and is sure to mean a busy weekend for the area.
     "I think it'd be very exciting to have that going on in the downtown. We love to be in the middle of a bunch of action," added Golinvaux.
     The water is expected to be in parts of the park through next week. The majority of the grass is dry now so it's still a possibility for Blues Fest to be there, but that's up to the city. Mississippi Blues Society members will decided early Friday what the venue will be.
     Blues Fest runs July 3rd through the 5th. The lineup has more more than two dozen bands including headliner George Thorogood and the Destroyers on Friday evening.
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