LAS VEGAS (AP) — Organizers are citing rising security costs and demand for more space for a decision to put Las Vegas‘ First Friday art festival on hold for the rest of the summer.

Nonprofit Whirlygig Inc. announced on its website the decision to cancel the August and September events while organizers develop a fundraising plan and work with the city to bring the event back for its 9th anniversary in October.

Whirlygig President Cindy Funkhouser (FUN’-kow-ser) says the cost of staging First Friday has doubled since February, as larger crowds turn out.

The event anchors the city’s downtown 18b Arts District, including galleries, shops and restaurants.

The festival area begins near Casino Center and Charleston boulevards and extends several blocks south.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.


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