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July 18, 2014 at 8:47 AM

Blues festival goes on, despite highway closures

The Winthrop Rhythm & Blues Festival opens Friday, although most routes to the festival from Central and Eastern Washington were closed this morning.

“That doesn’t help us,” said the event’s secretary Peter Dammann.

It is still possible to get to Winthrop from Western Washington via the North Cascades Highway, and Dammann said that’s the way about 60 percent of festival-goers, and most of the acts, travel.

Although power was out in much of the Methow Valley, Dammann said the festival has its own generators to supply the power it needs.

The skies above Winthrop were clear this morning, as most of the smoke from area fires is blowing east.

The festival typically draws about 3,000 people. The opening night concert is a benefit for an area food bank.

More information: www.winthropbluesfestival.com

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