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Mar 10, 2010 12:38 PM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Big Christian music festival gets Longmont's OK

Longmont officials have granted a permit for a one-day Christian music festival that organizers say could draw up to 30,000 people to a park on the city's east side.

The permit was issued Tuesday for the Worship and the Word Movement to hold Heaven Fest at Union Reservoir on July 31. The permit also lets Heaven Fest use 70 acres of city-owned land adjacent to the park.

Organizers are paying about $17,000 for fees, a security deposit and the cost of having police and firefighters present. They are working on a traffic plan with state and county officials. Some residents have objected to the festival, saying it will create too much traffic, noise and dust and could damage wildlife and wildlife habitat.

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