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OBSERVE Photo by MJ Stafford Fredonia Village Hall and Temple Street seen through the Barker Common lookout on Thursday. The village elders don’t want a young music lover to host a festival centered around bands playing at the Gazebo.

Fredonia Village officials will not allow a former SUNY Fredonia student to hold a music festival at Barker Common.

Alexander Rasmussen recently asked the village if they could organize bands to play at the Gazebo on May 8. His application was read by the village clerk at this week’s board meeting.

“Fredonia has so much musical talent that it is barely heard within the community. I wanted to have a showcase that could act as a catalyst for musicians to showcase their musical talent and have an opportunity to be heard », he wrote.

Rasmussen offered music from late afternoon until about 10 p.m. He promised to “Hire people to make sure everything would be cleaned up and regulated.” He also said he would get liability insurance and promised “a family show for all ages.”

Administrator Dave Bird said the event would cause too much trouble and disperse police during a time when SUNY Fredonia students often party. He mentioned “Not FredFest,” unofficial party that succeeds the infamous FredFest. This annual event, a gathering of musicians on campus, was canceled by SUNY Fredonia primarily due to the uproar it drew.

Administrator James Lynden said it could keep people away from events that contain alcohol. Administrator Michelle Twichell said she did not believe Police Chief David Price supported Rasmussen’s proposal, asking him to speak. “This weekend is usually (not) FredFest… for the past two years COVID has slowed the event. I know the event is being discussed on social media,” The price said. “As a department, I have to plan.

“Usually they start on Wednesday night and by Sunday we hope nobody dies.”

Price said a downtown music festival would attract strangers who wouldn’t otherwise be in Fredonia. “There aren’t enough law enforcement in the county to stop people from drinking in the park” in such a scenario, he said.

“I think it’s more appropriate for the event to take place on campus, if you want to know the truth about the matter,” said the bird. “It is the students, concerns the college students. Plan it on campus and get their approval. Let their campus police handle it. Twichell said she agreed with Bird.

Mayor Douglas Essek said: “We’ll see what they can do, if they can hold it on campus.” He then closes the discussion.



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