Middlelands producers cancel town hall meeting last minute

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GRIMES COUNTY, Tex. (KBTX) - On Thursday night, angry residents from areas surrounding the Texas Renaissance Festival showed up to Magnolia City Hall to voice concerns about the Middlelands Festival that took place at the fairgrounds two weeks ago.

One of those residents is Kathryn Craig.

She says her family shares a fence with the Renaissance Festival campgrounds.

Craig and other residents were disappointed after organizers of the Middlelands festival bailed on the meeting they scheduled, giving only a three hour notice.

"It is quite frustrating, although unfortunately not exactly surprising,” said Craig.

The Texas Renaissance Festival General Manager says as soon as they heard that Insomniac, the company that produces Middlelands, would not be flying to Texas, his team attempted to notify every person who signed up to speak at the originally scheduled town hall meeting.

"We thought it would be best for the Renaissance to come here and face the community and talk to them and let them know that we've heard their complaints. And that we have already worked on some solutions. And as soon as we get the producers of Middlelands here we'll work on some solutions," said Terre Albert, General Manager of the Texas Renaissance Festival.

Craig says her family still has major concerns about the festivals potential return.

"The gross negligence that occurred by Insomniac for not letting everyone know the level of noise and just the types of crowds that we would be getting out here,” said Craig.

Representatives from the Texas Renaissance Festival say that the town hall meeting will be re-scheduled.