The second annual Chain O’ Lakes Blues Festival drew more than 750 people to the Indian Crossing Casino Friday and Saturday, Oct. 4-5.
With six bands spread out over two days, the event drew attendees from across the state, many to re-live their experiences visiting the Casino as young adults.
“Many festival attendees told us stories from their youth when they travelled to the Casino for the bands.” said Jeff Anderson, tourism director with the Waupaca Area Chamber of Commerce and the festival organizer. “This festival has accomplished its purpose bringing visitors to the area in the fall by drawing on their memories of the Casino and their love of blues music.”
In total, 754 individuals attended the festival, with 664 people coming from outside of Waupaca and 279 staying overnight in the area.
The chamber estimated the festival’s economic impact at $70,240, with visitors spending money at lodging establishments, campgrounds, restaurants and retail stores.
Performers included the Robert Allen Jr. Band (Milwaukee), The Jimmy’s (Madison), Cash Box Kings (Madison), Alex Wilson Band (Milwaukee), The Chain Smokin’ Alter Boys with guests Barefoot Jim and Paul Stillin (Milwaukee), and Bryan Lee, who is originally from Two Rivers and spent most of his career playing in New Orleans.