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New group forms to plan Knievel Days

By Associated Press
Published On: Apr 14 2014 02:54:46 PM MDT
Evel Knievel Days dispute continues
BUTTE, Mont. -

A new nonprofit corporation has been formed to carry out Evel Knievel Days in Butte after previous organizers backed out during a struggle over control of the festival with Knievel's family.
    
Attorney Rick Orizotti says Evel Knievel Days Inc., was recently formed to plan, promote and conduct Evel Knievel Days in Butte each year. This year's event is set for July 24-26.
    
Eleven people have been named to the board of directors including Knievel's former wife, Krystal Knievel. They plan to meet this week.
    
The dispute over the festival began when Kelly Knievel sought a new licensing agreement with Butte-Silver Bow County for the use of his father's name. Organizers with Evel Knievel Week Inc., backed out last week, in part over threats Kelly Knievel made to its executive director.