Economic impact looks positive for 2 Coca-Cola stage shows at this year’s Riverbend

Chattanooga, TN (WDEF) – Festival-goers and vendors alike get ready for this year’s Riverbend.
     Organizers say the addition of a second act on the Coca-Cola stage means a bigger economic impact for Chattanooga.
     Friends of the Festival Executive Director Chip Baker said the extra money spent to get the additional acts means a bigger payoff for anyone attending this year’s festival.
     And the vendors say they’re excited, too.
     Joel Johnston is owner/operator of Island Noodles.  He said, "I think it’s going to make a huge difference.  I think it’s going to bring a lot more people.  I looked it up online and the VIPs are already sold out.  I think it’s going to be a good year for us and everyone else for that matter."
     Friends of the Festival Executive Director Chip Baker added, "We added $3 on the wristbands, and we totaled up all the acts on the Coca-Cola stage and they total up, just on the Coca-Cola stage, $625 is what someone would pay to go.  For a $39 wristband."
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