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PERRYSBURG, OH (Toledo News Now) -
To many who attended, the Perrysburg Mexican-American Festival went off without a hitch. But organizers say it was almost sabotaged.
They say orders with vendors and sponsors were changed via email, and a phone call almost shut off the electricity to the entire event.
"Sabotage is the appropriate word," said Jason Craig, treasurer of the Perrysburg Heights Community Association, which put on the festival.
Craig says they handled the problems in stride, and it made them stronger. The festival drew larger crowds than expected, and raised more money than in recent years.
In the past three months, the association let go of one of their founders and executive director. That caused in-fighting, and the Latino Alliance of Northwest Ohio called for a boycott of the event. But Craig says more than that happened.
Craig says he was told by vendors that they received order changes via emails that were not from an event organizer. Phone calls were placed to Toledo Edison to shut off the main source of power, from someone who was no longer with the group.
"Amazingly enough, it wasn't frustrating at all," Craig said. "We just took it in stride."
Craig says he has spoken with a lawyer to subpoena the IP address of the person who sent the emails, and legal action will be taken. He says despite sabotage efforts, the group is stronger than ever.
"I don't know what they're trying to do," he said. "From our perspective, it seems like they're just trying to make us look as bad as they can so, you know, we'll get frustrated and move on, but it's backfiring…Our goal is to become a better neighborhood, and we're winning at that goal every single day."