From volunteers to vendors, dozens were at Marquetteâ??s Lower Harbor early Friday morning preparing for the three-day festival.
"It does take about a whole day," said Jim Supanich, Sombrero Sound Company. "Got to be three miles of wire by the time youâ??re done with it."
With 3,000 estimated to attend, food vendors didn't take any chances.
"I've doubled the amount of food I brought down," said Mike Schwemin of Jacks IGA. "We have 150 steak sandwiches, 600 hamburgers, 200 brats and 200 hot dogs."
After 52 weeks of planning, Festival Director Mark Hamari added it's exciting to see the final bolts tightened and loose ends tied.
"Before you know it, it will be gone," admitted Hamari. "Itâ??s fantastic to see all these people come together and put on a great show."
And returning performers are just as excited for show time.
"The Marquette Blues Festival is the best festival in the Midwest," said Lorrie Hayes, lead singer for the Flat Broke Blues Band. "We've done it 6 times out of 10."
"It's like blues heaven," Hayes added.
Gates opened Friday at Marquetteâ??s Lower Harbor at 5 p.m. ET.
Saturday and Sunday's list of performers can be found on the Blues Fest Website . Gates open at 12 p.m. both days. Weekend pass, $45 -- Weekend pass (gate price) $50Daily passes available onsite. General public $30/day -- Young Adult Tickets (15-23) $10/day -- 14 & Younger - FREE with paid Adult
Call (906) 227-1032 for advance tickets.