"They want to try and blemish this family event that we've never had an issue - never - from a law enforcement standpoint on any level pertaining to our acts," said Family Fest Director James Ballew. "That's when I'm going to get involved."
Ballew has been in charge of Family Fest ever since its beginnings 13 years ago. But after a picture of a beer at last year's event in dry Saline County surfaced, he could be out of his annual tradition.
"We did the same thing this year that we've done the last 13 years," he said, arguing the entertainment acts at the festival always ask for alcohol in their contracts and no one has ever had a problems with it - until now.
"Our rules have no alcoholic beverages allowed," said City Council Member Brenda Miller at Tuesday's Parks and Rec Committee meeting.
"He's already violated the law," said committee member Joyce Boswell on Ballew providing beer to entertainment acts.
Members of the Parks and Rec Committee also suggested dropping live acts altogether in order to keep the park free of alcohol.
"It wouldn't be as big as what is has been," said committee member Carol Ann Boone. "We wouldn't have bands coming in from all over the country. It would be a family fest with kids races instead."
"If you can't have a festival without having alcohol than you don't need to have a festival," added Committee Chair Gerald Carr.
"We have acts on every level from gospel to pop to country to rock and roll," Ballew told Fox16. "I've had requests from all of them for a glass of something for their meal that night in the confines of the walls not in the public. My interpretation is I had every right to do that."
The subject will be brought up again at the January Bryant City Council where Ballew says he will be in attendance and fully plans to fight for his responsibilities and the Family Fest tradition.