Numberfest occurs just outside of Athens but issues around this event create problems for the city. (photo courtesy: Steve Patterson)

State Budget Won’t Include More Fest Authority

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Language intended to give sheriffs more authority over music festivals like Number Fest did not make it into the state budget bill.

State Rep. Debbie Phillips (D-Albany) and State Sen. Lou Gentile (D-Steubenville) said they will be talking with local officials and others about how to proceed.

Both Athens City Council and the Athens County Commissioners have received complaints from members of the public about April’s Number Fest, which took place off Route 56 just outside Athens and drew thousands of concert goers.

About a dozen people, many of whom live near the festival, met with the county commissioners and raised concerns soon after the festival.

For the full story, visit The Athens Messenger.