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Festival Of Eugene Canceled After Racist Social Media Post From Organizer

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The Festival of Eugene has been canceled after allegations of racist comments from the event’s organizer appeared on social media.

These accusations focus on a Facebook comment apparently made by Krysta Albert, who has organized the Festival of Eugene for the last two years.

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This is the press release Albert sent to media contacts.

The comment includes the n-word. It originally was captured via a screenshot by the person who the original post belonged to.

Albert says her Facebook account was hacked. Her account and the event page for the festival have subsequently been deleted. She has denied online that she wrote the message.

Facebook users are unsure whether or not Albert was the author of the post. Some shared past comments attributed to her that could be construed as racist.

When asked for an interview, Albert sent a press release saying: "I cannot express my most sincere sadness and grief of the accusations of by a fabricated racist post on FaceBook."

This would have marked three years for the Festival of Eugene. Albert started it after the Eugene Celebration was canceled.

Follow Kira Hoffelmeyer on Twitter @kirahoffy