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"Saturday in the Park" to Headline Bonnie Raitt; Avett Brothers; Ziggy Marley

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The wait is over; on July 5th "Saturday in the Park" will celebrate its 24th year and Thursday morning organizers announced the big lineup for the festival.

Siouxland News Reporter Beairshelle Edmé has the set list and tells us what the event will mean for local economy.

"Saturday in the Park" has built up a reputation for booking powerhouse performers and bands, but how do you continue that each and every year for 2 decades?

"Well that is not easy," said Dave Bernstein, a key organizer and committee member for the event. "But our goal was to bring in artist that were great live, would have a fun party basically was our goal at that point and that people would come see even if they didn't now 'em and I think that's still part of the goal today."

The volunteer based event will star headliner Bonnie Raitt, plus Wild Feathers, Ziggy Marley, the Avett Brothers and many more to come.

But the acts don't come for free even though the ticket price is.

The event can cost upwards of $400,000 and a majority of that is financed by sponsors like the Great Southern Bank.

 "This festival is a great testimonial to the hard work and the community spirit that's shared by all the local businesses and individuals in their time and effort to try and continue to promote and improve the quality of life in Siouxland," said Cindy Aspeotis, a business banking officer with the bank.

Organizers are hoping that when artists take the stage to perform, they'll find a large audience, crowd of more than 20,000 people who can help bring in big dollars to Siouxland.

"So they're going to staying our hotels, they're going to go to our restaurants; they're still going to go to 'Saturday in the Park' and also sp— you know, there's a lot of food vendors and stuff at that event that also have a good day of revenue coming in because of all these 20 to 30 thousand people for this one big day," said Siouxland Chamber of Commerce Executive Vice President Barbara Sloniker.

The committee said there's still several aspects to work out, including transportation logistics given the anticipated construction on I-29.

Additionally, the members are still looking for more artists for the main and second stage.

Committee members plan on locking down those performers and announcing the artists some time next month.

Volunteers are still needed, if you're interested or want more information on the event visit http://saturdayinthepark.com/.

If you have a story you want to tell or an  incident you think needs to be investigated, our reporter Beairshelle Edmé wants to hear about it.

BEdme@siouxlandnews.com

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