There will be no charge for the softball tournaments at this year's firemen's festival and, consequently, no payouts either.
Eliminating the fee will exempt the softball tournaments from having to pay for security and allow the game to go on, according to the tournament's director Travis Wilson.
Due to new legislation recently passed by village council, the police have the authority to charge $20 per hour per officer who is policing all pay-to-enter events, prompting changes and an outcry from some residents and the fire department.
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