Concert Chaos Calls for Change in Garland County

GARLAND COUNTY, Ark. - Local officials say there may be changes coming soon after angry fans left a trail of destruction outside an off road park.

A concert featuring Country Rap artist "Upchurch" was canceled after fans say they bought tickets but were turned away.

"It's very peaceful out here," says Jeremy Brown, who has lived near the park along Mountain Pine Road for more than 30 years.

"Most of us live in the county for more than reason, less laws and regulations," he adds.

But on Saturday he says it was chaos after the concert was canceled at the last minute, forcing angry fans into the street, demanding a refund. 

"In the county there's a 10 p.m. noise ordinance, and out here that's all we ask," continues Brown.

Several properties and nearby roads were left damaged. 

"It was something that got out of control and it's not the first time this has happened," says Rick Davis, Garland County Judge.

Davis says there were too many people for the size of the event - and no parking. 

"Rain conditions were not suitable for what took place out there with the rain and mud," he adds. "Part of the problem is we do not have an ordinance that addresses events of this type of nature."

Judge Davis says concert goers tore mud from the ground, eventually getting into Lake Hamilton and causing environmental concerns. 

"We're going to have to take some action to...there's places for this thing to happen where it's not around lakes and streams," he says. "We try not to let government interfere but with that many people, they should've had an ambulance."

Now, homeowners, like Davis, want changes and sooner than later. 

"Our goal is not to have this event business shut down but to have them comply with ordinances and regulations," Brown says.

We spoke to the promoter of the event, who apologized for the damage caused by concert goers. 

County Judge Davis says it's now up to the Quorum Court to pass an ordinance to regulate outdoor events like this, unless they're permitted in a certain place. 

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