Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival brings more than $1 million to Columbia | KBIA

Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival brings more than $1 million to Columbia

Nov 14, 2013

The 7th annual Roots N Blues festival brought more than 22,000 fans from 35 states -- and five other countries -- to Columbia this September.

Credit Amanda Sohaney / KOMU

This year’s event marked the first time the festival took place in Stephens Lake Park, and saw 27 artists from across the world take the stage.

The event gave a boost to Columbia’s economy, as it created $1,205,842 in economic impact for the city, according to the 2013 Convention and Visitors Bureau Economic Impact Study.

Organizer Richard King said he was satisfied with this year’s event.

“I mean anytime we can impact the city of Columbia in a positive way, I don’t see anything wrong with that,” King said.

The change in venue did result in decreased attendance, as an estimated 52,000 attended the 2012 festival.  King said he preferred this year’s numbers, though.

“I don’t know if we want to be a 50,000 type festival,” King said. “We’re happy with what he had this weekend this year.”

Sophia’s owner, Jeremy Brown, said this year’s festival had a positive impact on both businesses and consumers.

“As far as how it affects our business in general, I think the festival is good for everyone," Brown said.  

King said the festival will continue being held at Stephens Lake Park for the foreseeable future.