Michael A. Sawyers
Deer Park — CUMBERLAND — A DelFest Foundation spokes-man said Tuesday that a decision will be made Thursday about the location of next year’s bluegrass music festival.
Reached on his cell phone as he traveled from Florida to California to meet with renowned musician Del McCoury, DelFest co-founder Stan Strickland said all it will take for the popular event to be back at the fairgrounds in 2011 is for the leaders of Allegany County to lead.
“If there is not a public statement about the county’s intention concerning Gerald Delaney by the end of this week then I will recommend that we look at other options,” Strickland said. Strickland said he seeks chairman Delaney’s removal from the county’s liquor board.
“If we come back next year, we need to know that the leadership in Allegany County has the ability to lead so we don’t have to be watching our backs all the time.
“We are going to give the proper authorities another couple days to realize what we need in the level of cooperation to do business in the county,” Strickland said.
Strickland said DelFest has had a lot of quiet support since being accused of violating liquor laws and it has come from various levels of government in Maryland.
“We have spoken with the governor and the attorney general,” he said.
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