East Lansing, Michigan Old town Nancy and Chuck Medaugh of Charlotte, have come to the Great Lakes Folk Festival for more than 14 years.
“This is an annual event for us, because we just really enjoy the music” Nancy Medaugh said with a large smile on her face.
While they and other visitors enjoy banjos and harmonicas, event organizers say money rolls into the Greater Lansing community.
“Its a big boost, it kind of helps anchor the summer here a along with the art festival. So its really an important event to.. Not only give us a little bit of a boost economically but to showcase the best of the city” Lora Helou, spokesperson for Great Lakes Folk Festival said.
Lora Helou expects 10,000 people to stroll through East Lansing this weekend, and across town another event is expected to draw even larger crowds, Jazz Fest in Old Town.
“We’ve been on the same weekend for 21 years, people plan their vacations around to come to jazz fest, and they come from all over the world literally” Terry Terry spokesperson of Jazz Fest said as he explains why over 30,000 people show regularly.
Terry Terry says he believes this year’s Jazz Fest turn out has been greater than ever before and that means new faces check out local businesses.
“For the shops here in Old Towns, Jazz and Blues Fest introduce people who have never been to Old Town to all these cool shops we’ve got here, and they become patrons day after day, and year after year. It’s really good for business” Terry said.
So not only are the crowds rocking this weekend, the economy is too.