Mayor Jon Mitchell says its unfair to blame him for the decision by the Whaling City Festival Committee to cancel this year's summer event. 

The Committee says it pulled the plug on this year's festival because the city refused to extend the event's 8pm closing time. 

Police Chief David Provencher feels strongly the festival should shut down at 8 in the interest of public safety.  Speaking on his weekly radio program on WBSM, the Mayor said he agreed with that recommendation......

Mitchell says its unfortunate the festival will not be held this year, but if organizers decide to revive it, the city will support it.