Alabama beach music festival becomes free

GULF SHORES, AL (AP) - The Hangout Beach, Music and Arts Festival in Gulf Shores turned into a free festival for its rain-delayed final day.

Organizers say the festival drew more than 15,000 in paid attendance on each of its first two days. That's short of the 35,000 people that Gulf Shores had permitted for three-day event on the beach. But organizer Shaul Zislin called the response "absolutely tremendous."

Then heavy rains Sunday delayed the festival's final day and organizers decided not to require tickets when the gates opened mid-afternoon.

Zislin, who's a restaurateur and real estate developer, said the festival accomplished its mission of bringing people to Gulf Shores and sending them home as ambassadors for the area.

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