OWENSBORO, Ky. (AP) -- Organizers of a bluegrass festival in western Kentucky say overall attendance didn't increase this year, but the number of people who stayed for the entire three-day event did.
Gabrielle Gray, executive director of the International Bluegrass Museum, which sponsors the festival, had predicted a record crowd following last year's affair being name "event of the year" by the International Bluegrass Music Association.
But Gray told the Messenger-Inquirer that she thinks a thunderstorm on the final night kept some people away. The festival is held the last weekend in June.
Even so, she said the festival attracted about 21,000 people, which is close to the same number of people who attended last year.
The headline performer was country singer Merle Haggard.
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