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      Three Rivers Music Festival revamped, ready for summer return

      familiar concert is revamped and ready to come back to the Midlands.

      COLUMBIA (WACH) - A familiar concert is revamped and ready to come back to the Midlands.

      Capital City leaders announcing the return of the 3 Rivers Music Festival at a news conference on Wednesday. The event will be held July 5 and July 6 in downtown Columbia.

      It's the same citywide event that was held from 2003 until 2007, but was eventually shut down because of low attendance.

      Taxpayers were upset then, saying their money was wasted, but officials say this year's event will be free and showcase several artists.

      "We're committed to this being a local event that's locally supported," said Vice-Chair Sandra Sims. "Local dollars here, and we are trying to bring people into our regions so that people understand Columbia."

      Officials say all parking garages in downtown will be open for the event, and they are still trying to add more big names to the lineup.