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 A Preston County music festival will go on as planned this week after its organizers assured commissioners that they will not violate a mass gathering ordinance.

The Rootwire Transformational Arts Festival planned it's first show in West Virginia in Terra Alta July 12-20 without seeking a permit from the county for hosting a mass gathering.

The county's ordinance regulates gatherings of more than 3,000 people for long periods of time and commissioners considered filing a temporary injunction if the festival organizers could not prove they will not cross that threshold.

According to a press release, organizer Edward Quatkmeyer was not aware of the ordinance but told commissioners that they will not sell more than 2,950 tickets to the event.

The Rootwire Transformational Festival was previously held in Logan, Ohio, where media reported 80 drug-related arrests among the 5,000 attendees in 2013.

Quatkmeyer also gave emergency and law enforcement permission to visit the festival at any time to ensure that all county, state, and federal laws are being followed.

If the festival should exceed the allowable limit, commissioner Craig Jennings said Tuesday the organizers may face a fine up to $25,000 and a ban from doing business in Preston County.