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Ascension Parish may take over balloon festival

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DONALDSONVILLE, La. (KNOE 8 News/AP) - An Ascension Parish Council subcommittee is recommending that the parish take control of the Louisiana Balloon Championship Festival under a new organizational structure.

The group also proposed having the parish pay up to $100,000 to the nonprofit that put on this year's event in exchange for festival trademarks and leftover merchandise, such as T-shirts and pins, and to cover some event expenses.

The full council is expected to vote on the subcommittee recommendations Dec. 19.

The festival has been put on the past two years at Lamar-Dixon Expo Center by the nonprofit Ascension Festivals and Cultural Council as a promotional event for the parish and the parish government-owned multi-use facility near Gonzales.

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