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Officials endorse plan for new bluegrass center

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OWENSBORO, Ky. (AP) -- A vision for an International Bluegrass Music Center is coming closer to reality.

Officials in western Kentucky are endorsing the idea of revamping a former state office building for the project. City Commissioners in Owensboro said this week that they favor a plan to contribute $3 million toward the project -- as long as the International Bluegrass Museum comes up with another $7 million.

Commissioner David Johnson told the Messenger-Inquirer that the success of the annual ROMP: Bluegrass Roots & Branches Festival, which drew about 20,000 people this year, made the decision easier.

Museum officials say they want the center to include an indoor theater and an outdoor performance area. They plan to host banjo camps, hold bluegrass shows and concerts and offer a bluegrass opry with national talent.

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