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Mid summer tradition canceled for 2011

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MASON, OH (FOX19) - The City of Mason is trying to save money by calling off one of its mid-summer events. 

Many Mason residents are disappointed the city's July 4th celebration, called Red, Rhythm and Boom and featuring live music, vendors and of course fireworks, won't take place next year. Mason city officials say the event just isn't in the budget.

"We felt it was appropriate given where we were going to have to cut back on other services which are some of the more core services we do," said Eric Hansen, city manager. "We weren't in a position to put on the scale event that we have put on in the past."

Officials say two years ago, 60,000 people attended the event that was headlined by Huey Lewis. That event cost the city $400,000. This year's event was scaled back to a cost $155,000, but for next year the money isn't there.

"I am glad to see that we are trying to save money," said Chad Ebersole, Mason resident. "I think it is a great decision, we still have a great time no matter what is happening. It is just fun hanging out with all of your friends in the community."

City officials said they have just suspended the event for 2011. Officials will get together next year to discuss the festival for 2012.

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