Lubbock Music Festival Kicks Off With Three Dog Night - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

9/21/07

Lubbock Music Festival Kicks Off With Three Dog Night

"It's really good for our community to give people the chance to come out and have fun together," President of the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce Eddie Mcbride said.

McBride says events like the Lubbock Music Festival, Panhandle South Plains Fair and Race for the Cure not only build budgets but build community.

"I think whenever you can socialize in that environment, it just builds good will and friendships, and I think that's really important," McBride said.

The fact remains that events like the Lubbock Music Festival do generate big bucks for the city.

"Last year, we returned almost $90,000 to the city after the event was done,"Production Manager for the Festival Mark Flenniken said.

That money doesn't all go into the pockets of the band.

"It's a chance to raise some money, take the funds that we generate from the gate here in the next two days and put that money back into the other arts in town," Flenniken said.

This money goes to help other events around Lubbock through out the year, and when you put on a two day, 40 act music concert, it takes a lot of people.

"About 150 volunteers. The paid staff is very very small. They're more of the professional type so its really a volunteer effort. A labor of love if you will," Flenniken added.

That labor of love means a lot to a lot of people.

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