The site of the annual Arab International Festival is being moved and admission could be restricted to paid attendees following tensions in recent years involving Christian missionaries.
Last year, a number of Christian missionaries picketed and one brought a pig's head to the event in Dearborn, a Detroit suburb with large Arab-American and Muslim populations.
Dearborn Mayor Jack O'Reilly says one of the reasons for the move is liability concerns after the city was hit with lawsuits from some Christian missionaries who said that their free speech rights were curtailed at the festival. He says officials want a "controlled site."
The 18-year-old festival is held each June by the American Arab Chamber of Commerce.