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Blues festival raises money for youth sports teamsSubmitted: 07/27/2014

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ST. GERMAIN - Most communities sell cookies and pies to raise money for their kid's athletic programs. But athletes in the Northland Pines district get most of their funding from a blues festival.

The Joe Bucher Blues Fest is the biggest blues festival in northern Wisconsin. More than 350 people come to the festival every year. All of the money raised is donated to the Northland Pines sports teams.

"How does a blues festival work with raising money for kids? Well, it works really well. It's the main funding apparatus for 3rd thru 12th grade," said festival organizer Joe Bucher.

Most of the volunteers for the festival are the coaches and athletes' parents. The money raised from the event helps buy equipment, pays for referees, and pays for transportation to and from games.

The event organizer believes a lot of people come to the event because they want to help the sports teams and experience a fun festival.

"We have good music, great food, authentic southern Memphis BBQ, and a great silent auction. [The event is] like a family reunion. There are so many people coming here, shaking my hand, saying hello," said Bucher.

This year's festival raised thousands of dollars for the Northland Pines teams.

Story By: Karolina Buczek

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