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Jun 29, 2016 8:41 AM

City of Laconia to cover LaconiaFest $63K shortfall

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LACONIA (AP) - The city of Laconia has found a way to cover a more than $63,000 shortfall resulting from a music festival that ended early.

The Laconia Daily Sun reports that the city plans to tap into its Motorcycle Week account that has about $117,822. Mayor Ed Engler says using the account means taxpayers won't be on the hook.

The LaconiaFest was scheduled to take place from June 11 through June 19 but failed to draw a crowd, despite big-name acts. Performances scheduled for June 18 and June 19 were canceled.

The newspaper reports that promoters of concert series left without paying their share of the cost of safety and emergency services.

The state Attorney General's office recently launched an investigation into complaints from workers claiming they weren't paid.

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