That was the scenario June 8 in Fargo, N.D., when a wedding party at Lindenwood Park found itself in close proximity to about 200 displaced Testicle Fest III fans, according to the Fargo-Moorhead Forum newspaper.

The third annual D.I.Y. event found itself denied a home at the last minute when their host, a local bowling alley, canceled the opening show of the June 8-10 fest, citing a lack of security. The crew instead packed the gear and moved to Lindenwood Park.

Many festival-goers had come from other states and had already secured permits to camp at the park. Others came because there was no place else to go.

Police arrived after the wedding party and others park users called to complain about loud music, alcohol and marijuana use, and panhandling among the festival refugees.

Eventually, more than 40 officers from several agencies arrived on the scene, and seven people – including the festival’s organizer – were arrested on various charges during what police described to the Forum as a “hostile” confrontation.

Fargo Police Chief Chris Magnus said that during the altercation one man brandished a crowbar and the crowd broke into a chant of “kill the cops.” The punksters called the police description “grossly exaggerated” and said police blocked roadways out of the park, according to the Forum.

The second and third days of the festival – at different venues in Grand Forks and Fargo – took place without incident, though 20-year-old organizer Jesse Yborra wasn’t able to see the show.

He was in jail thanks to an outstanding warrant issued when he failed to appear in court in March 2000 on charges of hosting a noisy party and being a minor in possession of alcohol.

Yborra told the paper the festival has taken place with no problems for two years and he plans to do it again next year – despite having eight venues cancel on him – because he doesn’t want local authorities telling him and his friends how to dress and what kind of music to play.

“I don’t want to be seen as some guy who sits down by the river and smokes weed all day,” Yborra said. “Most of us aren’t like that. We’re in it to see the bands, have a good time, share ideas and communicate.”