Monday, August 11, 2014
BETHLEHEM, Pa. (AP) — Officials are reporting a slight increase in attendance at an annual eastern Pennsylvania music festival despite several violent incidents.
A 17-year-old Allentown youth was arrested Sunday on charges alleging that he fired shots into a crowd near Musikfest in Bethlehem on Aug. 5.
Another shooting had taken place a few days earlier and a block away from the festival only 20 minutes before the event concluded for the night.
The (Easton) Express-Times (http://bit.ly/1lOtJVa ) reports that a brass knuckles assault, several robberies and other shots were also reported during the just-concluded festival.
But ArtsQuest spokesman Mark Demko said the incidents didn't appear to affect attendance, which "appears to be up this year."
Officials said picture-perfect weather helped draw crowds, and food vendors and artisans reported good sales during the festival.
Information from: The (Easton, Pa.) Express-Times, http://www.lehighvalleylive.com