Advance Ticket Sales for Bluegrass Festival Strong

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OWENSBORO, Ky. (AP) — Organizers of a bluegrass festival in western Kentucky are expecting record crowds this summer following last year's affair being name "event of the year" by the International Bluegrass Music Association.

The three-day ROMP: Bluegrass Roots & Branches Festival at Yellow Creek Park in Owensboro occurs June 27-29. It is put on by the International Bluegrass Music Museum.

Museum director Gabrielle Gray told the Messenger-Inquirer that advance ticket sales are up this year compared to 2012.

She says 3,199 advanced tickets have been sold this year compared to 2,448 last year. She noted that most tickets are sold in final days leading up to the festival.

Last year's crowd of 21,000 was the highest since the festival began a decade ago.

The headliner this year is singer Merle Haggard.

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