Fun Day goes off without a hitch

By Bonnie Culverhouse

An event scheduled for Doyline Sunday evening went off without a hitch.

Although billed as Sunday Fun Day, the flyer distributed showed horses and trailers, as if the event was a trail ride.

“Less than 200 people attended … no horses or trail ride,” said Webster Parish Sheriff Jason Parker. “We did start getting noise complaints of loud music from locals around 9 p.m.”

Parker said the event, which took place on Shiloh Road, lasted until 11 p.m., and the organizer was “very cooperative.”

Parker’s concerns stemmed from a shooting that took place at a Cotton Valley un-permitted trail ride event two weeks ago. 

“It’s about educating the public,” Parker said. “These things (permits) need to be acquired 30 days prior to the event, not the week of or two or three days beforehand. I’ve got to get off-duty deputies to come in on their days off. We have to scramble to make sure we have traffic control. We just want to do the right thing, but we need cooperation from the people who want to do these events.”

Parker said he talked to some Doyline residents that seemed concerned about Sunday’s event.

However, he said, the organizer and property owner wanted something small and were unaware of the flyer.

“They (organizer) just want something small,” Parker said, “and I don’t want to discourage that.”

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