A chance for free Roots 'N' Blues tickets offered to low-income residents

Tuesday, September 2, 2014 | 6:37 p.m. CDT; updated 7:25 a.m. CDT, Wednesday, September 3, 2014

COLUMBIA — A partnership between festival organizers and the Columbia Parks and Recreation Department is offering low-income residents a chance for free Roots 'N' Blues 'N' BBQ Festival weekend passes.

Starting Tuesday, applications can be picked up and submitted at the department's administrative offices at 1 S. Seventh St. They are also available online.

Applications are due by 5 p.m. Sept. 12, and winners will be selected by a random drawing Sept. 15.

Applicants must be Columbia residents with a household income less than 185 percent of the federal poverty level. For example, the combined income of a family of four must be less than $44,122.50, according to the 2014 federal poverty level guidelines.

Each household can submit one application, and a maximum of four tickets will be distributed per household. Children under 12 are not required to have a ticket.

The blues festival will take place Sept. 26 to 28 at Stephens Lake Park. Regular weekend passes cost $85. Day passes for Friday and Sunday are $40 per day, and Saturday costs $45.

For more information, call the Columbia Parks and Recreation Department at 874-7460.

Supervising editor is Elise Schmelzer.

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