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Shutdown showdown mutes Navy band at Jaxtoberfest

Jaxtoberfest and new plans to bring the USS Adams as a floating museum are both part of a new push to utilize the vacant shipyards.  (Laureen Ricks)
Jaxtoberfest and new plans to bring the USS Adams as a floating museum are both part of a new push to utilize the vacant shipyards. (Laureen Ricks)
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Updated: 10/14/2013 9:36 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Festival-goers continue to head out to the festivities for the inaugural "Jaxtober Fest."
Many were hoping to see the U.S. Navy band play but the government shutdown shut down canceled their performance.

While more than five 5,000 hit the old shipyard field in downtown for the "Jaxtober Fest," there was no sound of the Navy band.

"That was one of the reasons I came here and they weren't here," said Christine Worthington.

Like Christine Worthington, many navy veterans showed up to see the Navy band play on the stage, instead it took a different turn.

Right now the government shutdown has put the Navy group out of work.

"I'm disappointed because this was an item that was shut down because of the government shutdown," said Charley Anderson.

This is something the president of the Jacksonville Historic Naval Ship Association said is just devastating.

"Its disappointing because we're a Navy town and I think that's because people don't often get to hear the navy band and when they make an appearance it's a special day," said Daniel Bean.

It's a special day this navy veteran was hoping to experience front and center.

"I think it would've had a huge affect here, we're a military city and a military town and for them not to be here it affects everything," said Worthington.

Worthington said she hopes if there is a festival next year, the band will perform.
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