UPDATE: ND Attorney General’s Office Investigating Taco Fest
FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live) - UPDATE: The North Dakota Attorney General’s Office tells Valley News Live they have received a complaint related to the Taco and Margarita Festival held in Fargo over the weekend, and they are investigating.
Event organizers say those seeking refunds from a taco festival might take until the end of the month.
In a phone interview with Valley News Live Monday morning, the festival’s main leader, Adam Dobres of Kick’n Dirt Entertainment stated he apologized for the event not going as planned.
“I take full responsibility for not having enough food vendors,” Dobres said.
Other organizers say the ticket money is still pending, but assure customers wanting a refund will receive communication about how to get their money back within a few weeks.
Attendees of the Fargo Taco and Margarita Festival aren’t too happy after some say the event didn’t turn out the way it was advertised.
Many people commented on the Facebook event page requesting refunds and calling the event a scam.
Pictures shared with Valley News Live showed people waiting in long lines to get food and drinks. One woman we spoke to said when she arrived in the late afternoon, she waited in line for about an hour only to walk away with nothing.
Other attendees said the only two food trucks at the event ran out of food.
“Overall I think it was really like poor planning. It was hyped up for weeks and it was going to be like this big fun start to the summer. A lot of people were going to go. It was like a bust,” said Stephanie Lipson, an attendee of the festival.
Matt Becker, owner of Wicked Good Time, was contracted by the event organizer Adam Dobres to staff the event.
Becker vented on social media expressing his disappointment and embarrassment for the event calling it “a nightmare.” Becker said once people started to complain he referred them to Dobres.
Eventually, Becker said he just started refunding some people at the event.
Lipson said she messaged the organizer on Facebook for a refund, but as of Sunday she hadn’t received a response.
Valley News Live reached out to Dobris for a comment, but has yet to hear back.
According to the North Dakota Horse Park, they were not associated with the event other than providing the venue.
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