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"Jazz in the Valley" Brings Out People From Across The Country To Ellensburg

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ELLENSBURG, Wash. - People came from across the country this weekend to listen to the sounds of the 12th annual "Jazz in the Valley" festival.

A tough economy reduced turnout slightly but organizers say almost 4,000 tickets were sold this year, down five percent from 2008. 

Larry Sharpe is one of the organizers of the event.  He says the festival serves as an important tool to bring people to the center of the city.

"The more people we can get in here, they can see how cool Downtown Ellensburg is," he said.  "It's a neat little downtown."

The event takes place throughout the historic part of downtown every year on the last weekend of July.  Organizers are already planning for next year and looking forward to a much larger turnout. 

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