Getting free tickets to this year's LouFest isn't quite as easy as being the fourth caller or hitting refresh on your browser a zillion times once a link goes live -- but it may be a whole lot less maddening.
The festival organizers have placed a limited number of "Scratch a Lou" tickets in select businesses around the city. Stop by before they run out, start scratching, and you could find yourself the lucky winner of a two-day pass to the festival, held Sept. 12-13 in Forest Park.
Not every card is a winner, but hey, at least you got to play the game, right? (You can also try the online VIP sweepstakes.) And if you do scratch the right card, it means two-day passes for you, plus a friend -- a $190 value.
Here are the places where Scratch-a-Lou tickets will be on site, according to the festival organizers:
Thursday, May 7 A "lucky row" at tonight's Cardinals game Busch Stadium 700 Clark Street Saint Louis, MO 63102
Ices Plain and Fancy 2256 S. 39th St. Saint Louis, MO 63110
Friday, May 8
Kaldi's Coffee Clayton - Demun 700 DeMun Ave. Clayton, MO 63105
Kayak's by Kaldi's Coffee 270 N. Skinker Blvd. St. Louis, MO 63130
Kirkwood 120 S. Kirkwood Road Kirkwood, MO 63122
The Cheshire Hotel 6300 Clayton Rd. St. Louis, MO 63117
Saturday, May 9
Strange Donuts 2709 Sutton Blvd. St. Louis, MO 63143 (in Maplewood)
STL-Style/Stylehouse 3159 Cherokee St. Saint Louis, MO 63118
Sunday, May 10
The Royale 3132 S. Kingshighway Saint Louis, MO 63139
Monday, May 11
Mission Taco Joint -- The Loop 6235 Delmar Blvd. St Louis, MO 63130
Mission Taco Joint -- Soulard 908 Lafayette Ave. St.Louis, MO 63104
Euclid Records 19 N. Gore Avenue Saint Louis, MO 63119
The offer is only good while supplies list, so you may want to get on the road right now. See the LouFest website for official contest details. And good luck with your ... scratching.
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