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Jul 16, 2010 7:38 AM

Visitors panel urges support for Country Superfest

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) The Baton Rouge Area Convention and Visitors Commission's executive committee has recommended that the agency put up $300,000 to sponsor Bayou Country Superfest again next year.

Paul Arrigo, the president and chief executive officer of the visitors bureau, tells The Advocate that producers need commitments for local participation so they can move forward with lining up artists.

He said this year's event drew more than 85,000 people to LSU's Tiger Stadium over the Memorial Day weekend and brought national and international attention to Baton Rouge.

Arrigo said Thursday he expects next year's Bayou Country Superfest to attract talent similar to the one held this year.

This year's music festival drew such country music superstars as Taylor Swift, Keith Urban, Kenny Chesney and Brooks and Dunn.

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Information from: The Advocate, http://www.2theadvocate.com

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