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Photos: Columbia Pike Blues Festival

by ARLnow.com June 18, 2012 at 9:55 am 4,508 43 Comments

Organizers say attendance was up significantly at this year’s Columbia Pike Blue Festival.

The annual street festival was held on Saturday, along S. Walter Reed Drive. Some 7,000 people attended this year, according to Columbia Pike Revitalization Organization Executive Director Takis Karantonis. That’s up from about 5,000 people last year.

The festival’s food, drink and craft vendors were happy with the increased attendance, said Karantonis. The beer and wine vendors were especially pleased — they sold about 20 percent more than last year, according to Karantonis.

“All vendors sold significantly more,” he said. “They were all very satisfied with the Blues Fest.”

Karantonis said the Blues Festival is increasingly drawing more of a regional crowd, including attendees from all around Arlington — not just the Columbia Pike area. That should allow improvements to the festival next year, including healthier food options and a new “food court” made up exclusively of booths from local Columbia Pike restaurants.

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  • TJ

    arlnow.com advertising paying off?

    • Ballstonian

      got me there…i hadn’t heard about it otherwise, but had a great time (and good food).

  • Captain Obvious

    Attendance was up in part because it wasn’t hotter than hell this year.

    • Josh S

      That, and the Penrose Square development opened since last year. Probably also more people living in Sienna Square compared to last year.

  • CrystalMikey

    LOL at the “no alcohol beyond this point” sign.

  • Bob the Builder

    (Photo 30) Nothing screams ‘professional’ more than Alington’s Bravest out in public (against policy, no doubt) in t-shirts and shorts.

    • drax

      Yes, let’s just assume it’s against policy!

      More wild assumptions than normal here today.

    • Would they have appeared more competent as firefighters if they had been wearing business suits?

      • nom de guerre

        That’s a clown question. bro.

        Business casual = YES

    • CrystalMikey

      Really? That could very well be a uniform in the same way each branch of the military has an official physical training (PT) uniform.

    • Ed

      I hope I’m there to watch when you walk up to them in person to express your concern, Bob.

    • Anon

      The FF in the sunglasses in the middle of the pic is a unit officer (his gold-lettered shirt differentiates him from line personnel), and typically the OIC determines what’s acceptable uniform wear for the crew during the shift. If he’s in PT gear, it would certainly be fine for others to be in it as well. Who knows, they might have come from a PT session and stopped by the festival to chat with the medic crew working the event…not really worth getting all worked up about. They’re all very professional folks, regardless of the type of uniform they happen to be wearing…just my $.02.

      • sunflower

        ++++++ to that! and that goes for ACPD too ( my 2 cents )

      • Internet warrior

        If this fellow Internet warrior didn’t get worked up about this, what else would he have to do?

  • Tabs

    A good time. And yes, the nice weather helped.

    Love the shot of the golden retriever trying to get to someone’s food.

    • Mike


  • V. Putin

    If these pictures are any indication, North Arlington festivals have more attractive attendees than South Arlington festivals.

    • Blue-Gray

      Still fightin’ the (Arlington) Civil War, ain’t we?

    • Enough already

      With the exception of the hot tomale in the black dress………

      • Oh yeah

        She is stylin’. Quite fetching.

      • camilla

        Why does ALWAYS have to be a hot tomale in a black dress?
        Why can’t it be a sizzlin’ hotdog in a black speedo?
        It’s a man’s world, yes?

        • JohnB2

          Obvious troll attempt; there are many bros and brahs in the pics, and you get firefighters to boot! Put her in a bikini then we can talk about speedos.

        • drax

          As soon as you see a sizzlin’ hotdog in a black speedo, feel free to post that.

          If you don’t see one, feel free to post your own picture.

        • WeiQiang

          Yeah … um, no. I don’t know what demographic you were trying to pimp, buy you brought the wrong swag, bro.

          • WeiQiang

            buy = but, of course

      • fartster

        Is it just me, or does her way-out-of-his-league companion appear to be bulging?

        • Nah

          Jeans always lie.

        • drax

          He’s not out of her league, he has a manual transmission car!

    • Mike

      Yes, it isn’t Clarendon. And that’s a good thing.

      • Crystal Dykey

        It will be as soon as the streetcar starts runnin’.

    • Observer

      Hmm, someone seems to have a crush on Trev…

      • Another

        Can you blame him/her?

      • Grindr

        Status Update: Trev is only 4372 feet away.

  • Greg

    Someone suggest a caption for Pic No. 2.

    • nom de guerre

      That’s a clown question, bro.

      • Mary-Austin


        • Josh S

          Yeah, that has to set the record for fastest rise from obscurity to overdone – about three days.

          Unfortunately, it will linger like all the rest of them do…..

    • JohnB

      Even the three year old could tell this lady had no rhythm.

  • JimPB

    There are Blues dancing classes and on-going and special Blues dances at Glen Echo Park (overlooking the C&O Canal a short distance into MD):
    • Weekly Thursday night Blues DJ dances and various special Blues weekends are produced by Capital Blues.
    • Occasional Friday and Sunday evening dances with live music are produced by the Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture.

  • Wire

    Is that Omars band playing….watch out Omar is coming!

  • DrunkIrish_Chick

    Did anyone see the Hot Door guy from Osullivans there?

    • Clarendon Skank

      I did more than ‘see’ him…

      • DrunkIrish_Chick

        Oh really?


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