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03 August 2015

Chattahoochee River Country Music Festival Flops, Organizers Under Criminal Investigation

The Chattahoochee River Country Music Festival.

It was billed as the world's largest country music festival.

Celeb Scene, the event organizers, promised three days of music, a 10-day carnival, fishing, hiking, camping, and kayaking. In short, Celeb Scene promised the world. Reality, however, was quite different.

The concert, originally slated for the Foxhall Resort in Douglasville, was moved to the VFW Complex in Carrollton.

Tickets to the event, initially sold at prices ranging between $69 and $1,099, were given away free of charge.

The 10-day carnival ended early. And the "tens of thousands" concert promoter Jason Benson told the Douglas County Sentinel would be present at the event never showed up.

City of Carrollton Police Chief Joel Richards tells Georgia Unfiltered the crowds never amounted to more than 1,500 people on a single day.

"We counted 100 people, Friday, and 1,500, Saturday and Sunday," Chief Richards said in a phone interview.

Georgia Unfiltered wanted to know why a three-day festival that promised so much, flopped in such an epic fashion.

We contacted Palmetto Amusements, and was told the carnival ended early because the event organizers had not paid the carnival company.

Palmetto Amusements representative Christy Boscoglia says the Chattahoochee River Country Music Festival was supposed to pay her company in increments. Boscoglia says only one payment was received, so her company pulled out.

She says she's currently seeking advice from legal counsel on how to pursue criminal and civil charges against the Chattahoochee River Country Music Festival organizers.

When asked if other stiffed vendors had contacted his department, Chief Richards said a local hotel owner had just filed a police report, alleging that promoters reserved 87 rooms and left town without paying.

"We're investigating them," Richards said, before urging other festival vendors to contact his department if they feel they were defrauded by the event.

Anyone looking to assist with the investigation of the Chattahoochee River Country Music Festival can call the Carrollton Police Department at (770) 834-4451.