Wakarusa Festival May Leave Lawrence

By: AP
By: AP

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) _ The Wakarusa Music and Camping Festival
may end its run in Lawrence after five years.

Event promoter Brett Mosiman accuses the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks of bigotry because of how it treats the event
and its largely ``hippie'' crowd.

Mosiman said he might move the event out of state in 2009 unless it's is given terms equal to that of the Country Stampede, a music and camping festival at Tuttle Creek State Park near Manhattan. He says Wakarusa has paid more in rent and law enforcement services than the Stampede, although the Stampede is a larger event.

Parks department attorney Amy Thornton said that the festival didn't meet some terms of previous contracts, including late vendor payments and quiet zone violations.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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