The Festy Fest Bluegrass Festival in southwest Leavenworth County is going on despite the possibility of fines from Leavenworth County for code violations.
On Thursday, Leavenworth County Commissioners found a special-use permit for the event at 25511 Linwood Road had expired because Festy Fest promoter Justin Falleaf did not obtain the $100,000 event liability insurance or $10,000 security bond in the manner outlined in the permit’s conditions.
Leavenworth County Administrator Heather Morgan said Friday commissioners had not changed their stance.
Morgan and Leavenworth County Counselor David Van Parys said Falleaf would be subject to fines and penalties for code violations if he went ahead with the concert.
“If they don’t have a permit, obviously they’re not supposed to do it,” Van Parys said. However, Van Parys refused to say what steps beyond fines might be taken.
“I can’t speculate as to what may or may not happen,” he said.
Leavenworth County Undersheriff Ron Cranor said Friday afternoon he was unaware the festival was going ahead. The sheriff’s office usually doesn’t enforce code violations, and it would take a complaint from the county zoning and planning department to get it involved, he said.
“I don’t know what our involvement would be,” Cranor said.