Important Information Regarding the Peach Festival

As an update to the recent flyer that has been circulating, we are prepared to comment on the investigation as of this date. First, I would like to thank all of you that sent information regarding this investigation, the flyer is NOT believed to be generated by the KKK or any organization nor is there any assembly or rally that will take place. The use of Academy Park grounds has been given to Lewiston Kiwanis for their festival and will be used solely for this purpose. We believe that this letter was generated by an individual(s) who has done this in the past and has their own agenda and NOT any organization.

We have also been actively investigating threats made in reaction to this flyer and have identified two isolated individuals who are being interviewed by law enforcement. The flyer itself was reviewed by the department in consultation with the Niagara County District Attorney’s Office and was determined to be covered under the First Amendment and not in violation of any existing laws.

I would like to remind everyone that as vile or distasteful someone’s beliefs or opinions are, it is NEVER acceptable to threaten violence as an answer. I want to assure everyone that we are working together with our local law enforcement partners to ensure that this event is the safe, tolerant, accepting and family environment that it has been for the past 62 years. Feel free to contact our department with any questions or concerns.

Chief Previte