Controversial music festival in Canton to continue; council can still terminate agreement

Updated: Oct. 20, 2020 at 8:23 PM CDT
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CANTON, Texas (KLTV) - A controversial music festival will continue as planned, for now.

Tuesday, the Canton City Council discussed and took action. A dance, music festival will take place the first weekend of November on the grounds of Canton Trade Days.

Festival organizer Grayson Berry had planned on speaking at Tuesday’s Canton City Council meeting, but before the meeting even started, he was placed in handcuffs and arrested by state troopers. Online jail records show he’s in the Van Zandt County jail charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance and manufacturing and delivering a controlled substance.

As the meeting got underway inside Canton City Hall, dozens of people, including the Texas Militia, could be found outside. They didn’t make it in because the meeting room quickly reached capacity.

For the second week, the city council heard from Canton residents fearful of the festival, and from people who have no problem with it,

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The mayor said that residents had expressed fear over possible drug use and violence linked to the festival, pointing out drug use in the event logo and even the event name. Event organizers said they intended for it to mean something else.

The event organizer, Grayson Berry, argues the name means ‘spreading loving vibes through Zen.’

Another issue for many residents, a portion of the proceeds going to Black Lives Matter, something event organizers say will no longer happen.

The city council can still terminate the contract based on deficiencies. For now, the festival will continue as planned, but the council still has the option to terminate the agreement if deficiencies are not resolved.

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