The Denver Post writes that Riot Fest's Denver stop (scheduled for Sept. 19-21) could be in trouble this year. People from the town where it's held complained at an open house / community forum about noise (one man said he had to close his windows!), drug use, traffic and other "nasty things."
The future of Riot Fest in Colorado, held for the first time in the state last year at May Farms near Byers, remains uncertain as Arapahoe County officials wrestle with whether to allow the event to continue this year. No decision on the event's future was made Tuesday evening.
Those who packed the American Legion Hall in this small, rural town 40 miles east of Denver to address the Arapahoe County Board of Commissioners offered split opinions about the benefits and problems of Riot Fest, although most leaned against the event.
The commissioners are considering two issues related to Riot Fest.
The first is a temporary use permit that the festival's producers need to hold the event. The commissioners also are mulling whether to grant a use by special review amendment allowing May Farms to expand its agritainment operations to an additional 195 acres north of I-70 to accommodate large events like Riot Fest.