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February 21, 2013

Canal Fest closing time debate reignites


Tonawanda News — But Canal Fest organizers charged police changed tactics and simply didn’t choose to arrest more people. They said profits from the event were down 20 percent. 

And now, the controversy over the 2013 hours has begun. The council said in a meeting last month they intend to keep the change in hours.

Larry Denef, president of Canal Fest, and Fahs, came to the council’s meeting to discuss the policy and lobby for later hours on four of the fest’s busiest nights. 

“It was the same thing on both sides,” Fahs said. “We were trying to reiterate the importance of the event. ... My concern and fear is that this is the biggest event in the community and it raises the most charitable money ... yet we seem to debate its existence every year.” 

Contact reporter Jessica Bagley at 693-1000, ext. 4150

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