Troubled festival will go on at different venue

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Columbus Juneteenth Festival will go on this weekend with enhanced security at a gated park after a shooting disrupted last year's event and threw its future into doubt.

The 24th annual Juneteenth Ohio Freedom Festival to celebrate the end of slavery has been moved to a gated riverfront park, and attendees will be searched when they enter this year.

Last year, Columbus police shut down the Juneteenth celebration a day early after a 15-year-old boy fired a gun during a confrontation. An 11-year-old boy was struck in the leg.

The Columbus Dispatch ( ) reports that the city then refused to issue the festival a 2014 permit until it paid leftover costs from last year's event. Organizers sued the city for canceling it.

The balance was eventually paid.


Information from: The Columbus Dispatch,

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