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Columbia Festival mines its silver anniversary

Columbia Festival mines its silver anniversary

More than 30,000 people are expected to converge on downtown Columbia from June 15-30 for the 25th annual Columbia Festival of the Arts.

Most of them will be heading to see the free LakeFest events Friday through Sunday, while others will come during the next two weeks for ticketed events including Rosanne Cash, MOMIX, and the Flying Karamazov Brothers.

The festival's silver anniversary is a testament to the importance that Howard County residents attach to this annual event, and, as festival surveys have shown, to the willingness of people from elsewhere in Maryland, Virginia and Pennsylvania to drive in for it.

It's also a testament to the determination of the...