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JazzFest '09 Attendance Tops 75,000

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Fair weather and temperatures helped to see crowds remain full for this year's Sioux Falls Jazz & Blues Festival- JazzFest July 17 and 18 at Yankton Trail Park. However, shuttle ridership and parking inside the park was lower than in previous years.

Attendance figures are estimated this year at just over 75,000 people.

Robert Joyce, Executive Director of the Sioux Falls Jazz & Blues Society, the organization which puts on the event said, "In general, our revenue for the festival was down from previous years, which is surprising considering the weather was so enjoyable and crowds were sustainable, especially on Saturday."

Joyce adds "However, we are extremely grateful to those patrons who made donations at the front and back gate, as well as throughout the park to help us as we continue to maneuver through this economy."

JazzFest is a free event which relies on donations and sales of beverages at the festival. JazzFest also relies on nearly sixty sponsors to help fund the event.

The festival is the major fundraiser of the Sioux Falls Jazz and Blues Society which has an annual concert series, educational programs, scholarships and other events throughout the year.