“A fabulous festival.”

Those were the words Campbell County Tourism and Retirement Director Cindi Reynolds used to described the Louie Bluie Festival held late last month.

This year, 6,500 visitors converged on Cove Lake State Park for the one-day music festival dedicated to local legend Howard “Louie Bluie” Armstrong. Since its inception, the festival has grown each year and for the second year in a row, has been given a rather important distinction; it was named the number one festival by the Southeastern Tourism Society, Reynolds said.

Given that, the Louie Bluie Festival is historic in nature.  It is also being promoted by the state of Tennessee as part of its Tennessee Music Pathways initiative, she said.

Another draw for the festival is its setting. Presented at Cove Lake State Park, the festival is way to highlight one of the county’s three state parks.

“It brings people into the park who not normally see how beautiful we have it,” Reynolds said. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 10/22/2018-6AM)