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Opening Arguments

Berry hard times

Looks like the Blueberry Festival in Marshall County, after 39 years in business, is encountering some tough financial times:

But organizers say the city of Plymouth increased its bill for services such as equipment rental by more than $5,000 for this year's Labor Day festival.

"We want to stay involved with the city ... but they're kind of driving us away," festival president Randy Bowser said at this week's Board of Public Works and Safety meeting.

Maybe they should go for the Fort Wayne Solution and start charging such high fees to the food booth providers that locals can no longer afford it and only traveling vendors will participate. Then Plymouth, too, can have a festival that's lost its way and no longer has anything to do with celebrating the city.