TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – The Terre Haute Board of Public Works and Safety Monday heard plans for the 2014 Blues At the Crossroads Festival, scheduled for September in downtown Terre Haute. Festival Founder, Connie Wrin, asked the board to approve the blocking of several city streets.
Organizers anticipate the areas surrounding 7th and Wabash will close for the event, in its 14th year, starting around 1:00 p.m. Friday September, 12. Event organizers estimate the roads will reopen around 3:00 a.m. Sunday September, 14.
Board members approved the request and noted the event has a major impact on the community and brings a lot of people from out of town. “The board approved for us to shut the street down for the 14th year, Blues at The Crossroads,” said Wrin. “We’ve really tried to accommodate people, if they just want to visit one of the local merchants.” In years past, volunteers from Maryland Community Church worked the gates at intersections surrounding downtown allowing shoppers to get to their downtown destinations.
Organizers said, if the shoppers wished to stay at the event, the volunteers would ask that shoppers return to the gate and pay the entry fee. In 2013, admissions to the event were waived for guests that donated a musical instrument.
“It’s an expensive event to put on,” added Wrin. The event, she notes costs upwards of around $120,000.