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The Smithsonian Folklife Festival will have to be scaled back in order to satisfy National Park Service restrictions.
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The Smithsonian Folklife Festival will have to be scaled back in order to satisfy National Park Service restrictions.

The National Park Service’s plans to restore the grass on the National Mall could leave one local event in the dust.

After 47 years on "America's Front Yard," The Smithsonian Folklife Festival's layout is expected to change once National Park Service's new regulations go into effect, restricting the use and placement of stages and tents during multi-day events.

When Kim Stryker heard the news, she started "Save The Folklife Festival," a grassroots campaign on social media. The National Park Service and Smithsonian Institution recently struck a deal that would allow the festival to stay on the Mall for at least five more years. But Stryker says the new option doesn't cut it.

"There's still no tents will be allowed on the grass at this time of year. The only compromise point with the Park Service was that they can continue to have the smaller tents under the trees," Stryker says.

Stryker says there needs to be a solution that works for everybody. She started a petition on Folklife Festival is taking place right now, through July 6.

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