Annual Hip Hop Fest Cancelled at Kings Dominion

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Black Entertainment Television and Paramount’s Kings Dominion theme park in Virginia have pulled the plug on their annual College Hip-Hop Fest.

According to a press release, the festival was yanked due to poor attendance. The annual event drew students from nearby black colleges in the area, as well as others up and down the east coast.

“We are disappointed but unfortunately, the number of students participating has declined to the point where it doesn’t make sense for us to host it,” said Richard A. Zimmerman, executive vice president and general manager of Kings Dominion in a statement.

The park refused to divulge their actual attendance numbers and the statement made no reference to the shootings that took place after the daylong festival in the past two years.

Last year, two men were shot in the theme park’s parking lot as thousands of people were leaving.

In an attempt to keep trouble out, organizers of the event made it more difficult for people other than students to attend the festival, requiring students to present a valid college ID to purchase tickets.

Additionally, over 100 deputies were assigned to work Kings Dominion’s parking lots and police stepped up their presence by putting almost four times the regular amount of officers on the streets of nearby Richmond.

“The relationship with our sister Viacom company Paramount’s Kings Dominion has been a mutually successful one, and we’re grateful for all of the hard work and dedication shown over the years,” BET President Debra Lee said in a statement.

During the seven-year annual event, Kings Dominion and BET helped raise over $250,000 for black colleges, as well as $50,000 for BET’s campaign to raise awareness about HIV in the black community.