The Battle of Burl’s Creek is back on between residents of Oro-Medonte and the organizers behind events like the Way Home and Boots and Hearts festivals.
A 1,200-member group named Save Oro has sprung up to highlight the problems that they claim are created when popular musical events are hosted on the farmland used by concert promoter Republic Live.
The group’s spokesperson, Wendy McKay, argues that these events bring loud music that disrupts residents’ enjoyment and sleep, and leaves behind a mountain of trash. The venue was fined $200,000 last year for local bylaw violations.
However, Burl’s Creek supporters estimate that $50 million in tourism was generated by these festivals last year.
Read more about the disruption here in the Toronto Star.
What residents of Oro think about the issue? They shared their thoughts on The Stafford Show! Listen below.