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Jul 16, 2012 11:07 AM by AP

Holden mum on who got festival tickets

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Baton Rouge Mayor-President Kip Holden won't say who got his office's 30 tickets to a luxury suite at the Bayou Country Superfest in May.

According to The Advocate newspaper, the tickets were worth about $9,000.

Holden, the Visit Baton Rouge organization and the state's tourism department received suite and stadium tickets and parking passes in return for subsidizing the two-day country music concert at Tiger Stadium. Holden was the only one of the three who refused to identify the people he provided with tickets.

Festival promoters would not disclose how many tickets were sold or how much revenue was earned from ticket sales.
An estimated $600,000 in state and local money was used to lure the concert.

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