HAGERSTOWN ? Members of the Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday debated whether last weekend's Downtown Live music festival was beneficial to the community.
Councilwoman Penny M. Nigh said the event, which was held Saturday in the first block of South Potomac Street and featured several live bands, resulted in 21 arrests that otherwise wouldn't have happened.
Nigh and Councilwoman Alesia Parson-McBean agreed that the event spawned drunken behavior.
Besides buying beer from street vendors, festival-goers had the opportunity to leave Downtown Live's fenced-in perimeter and re-enter after visiting bars on South Potomac Street.
Parson-McBean said she attended the festival with Nigh and they were followed around by Downtown Live staff members who were trying to ensure attendees didn't get out of hand in front of city council members.