Future of Roots 'N' Blues uncertain

Monday, October 6, 2008 | 6:29 p.m. CDT; updated 7:26 p.m. CDT, Monday, October 6, 2008

COLUMBIA — An estimated 120,000 to 130,000 people converged on downtown Columbia Friday and Saturday for the second Roots 'N' Blues 'N' BBQ Festival, according to Tasha Riggins, head of media relations for Thumper Entertainment, who cited figures from Columbia police. Music, food and ideal weather conditions helped create a party-like atmosphere downtown, which led to increased foot traffic for many businesses.