- Associated Press - Thursday, May 7, 2015

O’FALLON, Ill. (AP) - The future of an annual fall arts festival in southwestern Illinois is in jeopardy amid a dispute between the event organizer and the city of O’Fallon.

The Belleville News-Democrat (bit.ly/1IOQjeR ) reports that Strange Folk Festival founder Autumn Wiggins told the O’Fallon Arts Commission that she planned to stop organizing the 10-year-old event in her hometown to spend more time at her St. Louis crafts shop.

Commission members counter that the city controls the event. O’Fallon has confiscated a laptop computer used by Wiggins, who in turn sent a cease-and-desist letter after the parks department purchased a domain name for the festival’s website.

St. Louis artist Michelle Volansky told the newspaper the city is using her 2014 festival design for the upcoming event without permission.

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