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Organizers Battle Over Evel Knievel Days In Butte

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BUTTE, Mont. (AP) - The eldest son of Evel Knievel and a local official married to Knievel's daughter say the city and county should run the three-day Evel Knievel Days festival that draws thousands to Butte each summer.


Kelly Knievel said naming rights for the event need to be renewed and he wants to do that with Butte-Silver Bow rather than the private group that runs the festival now.


Butte-Silver Bow Chief Executive Matt Vincent, Kelly Knievel's brother-in-law, says agreements with festival organizers that receive public money need accountability.


Chad Harrington is the top organizer with the private group that has put on the festival in past years.


He says Vincent has a conflict of interest and the city shouldn't be in the festival business.


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