(AP) — An annual festival that draws thousands of people to a small central Kentucky city has been canceled this year because of controversy over selling and displaying merchandise depicting the Confederate flag.
News outlets report the Berea Chamber of Commerce has voted not to hold its 2016 Spoonbread Festival in September, citing concerns after recent protests over the Confederate flag.
This would have marked the festival's 20th anniversary.
Participants and vendors have displayed or sold Confederate flags for years without generating complaints. After the 2015 festival, however, some demanded a ban on the sale or display of the rebel flag.
The festival celebrates spoonbread and the particular recipe featured at Boone Tavern in Berea. Last year it attracted 60,000 people.
Some Berea businesses fear they will lose thousands of dollars.