Drivers say town to use public roads during festival

EASTON (KYTX) - People in one East Texas community say their town leaders charged tolls on public roads leading into a local festival.

One man tells CBS 19 he was harassed to pay the toll, when all he wanted was to go help his father.
For about 15 years, the Turnip Green Festival has brought thousands of tourists every first Saturday in june to Easton, a town of about 500 people in southeast Gregg County. But on June 7, Fred Pipkins wasn't driving there from Longview for turnip greens.

His father-in-law was having car trouble, so he came to Easton to help, but he says he met a city of easton roadblock moments after entering town.

"They were having the Turnip Green Festival, but they were charging $5 to use the roads, which I think is not fair," Pipkins says.


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