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      Spoleto pulls in nearly $3 million at box office

      This year's Spoleto Festival USA in Charleston took in nearly $3 million at the box office.

      CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) -- This year's Spoleto Festival USA in Charleston took in nearly $3 million at the box office.

      The festival also said Wednesday that about 63,000 tickets were sold for the 160 events staged during the 17-day run of the festival.

      Festival officials say Spoleto means about $50 million in economic impact for the Charleston area.

      The festival was created in Charleston in 1977 by the late composer Gian Carlo Menotti as a companion to his Festival of Two Worlds in Spoleto, Italy.

      This year's Spoleto Festival USA concluded Sunday evening with fireworks following a concert by the Red Stick Ramblers -- a Cajun, honky-tonk and swing ensemble -- at Middleton Place Plantation.

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