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Police say they will closely monitor Little Woodstock Music Festival

Posted at 8:03 AM, Sep 07, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-07 08:36:37-04

A Mid-Michigan police department is keeping close tabs on a weekend music festival, Little Woodstock.

Festival organizers tell FOX 47 News' Cryss Walker they won't let it get out of hand.

On the festival’s Facebook pays is shows 142 people say they are coming but 668 people say they are interested.

That online interest has caught the attention of the Meridian Township Police Department and they say they are keeping an eye on the Little Woodstock Festival.

Police Chief Ken Plaga told FOX 47 if the event exceeds the capacity or gets out of control, it will be shut down.

“When we first planned it we didn't think that we would have more than 250 attendees”, said Brandon Green, an organizer of the event.

“Which is why you know they told us if it's more than 250 we would have to get the outdoor gathering permit.”

Organizers of the Little Woodstock Music Festival say they were not able to get an outdoor gathering permit in time.

City officials say promoters must go before the township board, which is a process that could take at least two weeks.

“Over the last couple of weeks we've gotten close to the event, we've come to realize we got a lot of response and that the numbers look like we probably would get more than that if we allowed more than that”, said Green.

Festival organizers say they won't allow more than 250 people access, in order to stay in compliance with the township's outdoor assembly ordinance.

Meridian Township Police say any violation of the Outdoor Assembly Ordinance is a misdemeanor, punishable by fines and 90 days in jail.