Monroe Lions Cancel Annual Blues Fest

Posted Thursday, February 12, 2009 --- 8:05 a.m.

MONROE, Wis. (AP) -- The annual Berghoff & Blues Festival in Monroe is the latest victim of the economic recession.

The Monroe Lions Club said the event that's been held the past 11 years won't happen this year.

Dick Tschanz is one of the founders of the music festival. He blamed the decision on the rising cost of staging the event and the difficulty of raising enough funds at a time when people have less money to spend on entertainment.

Tschanz said the weather is another factor, because a rainout could threaten to bankrupt the club.

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