Attendance up at bluegrass fest

Sunny weather and free music brought out a sizable but tame crowd at the three-day Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival.

A record crowd of approximately 800,000 people showed up to Speedway Meadow in Golden Gate Park for the free music, festival spokeswoman Tracey Buck said Monday. Last year, 750,000 attended.

“We definitely went above and beyond this year,” she said. “I think it was the combination of the great lineup, the fact that it’s still free and the fact that fewer people may be working and had some time on their hands.”

Billionaire financier Warren Hellman foots the bill for the annual event, which is in its ninth year.

Police made no arrests, Sgt. Lyn Tomioka said. Two attendees were detained for public drunkenness but released.

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