MANSFIELD — Ink in the Clink will not take place at the Richland County Fairgrounds this year.
Richland County Agricultural Society President Jason Snyder said in a Facebook post Thursday the society's executive board voted to terminate the lease agreement between the fairgrounds and Ink in the Clink.
Ink in the Clink has shut down ticket sales and will begin the refund process, according to a post on the festival's Facebook page.
The Facebook post said the organizers "will do everything necessary to continue our 2018 show."
Ink in the Clink organizer Rick Fields referred further questions Thursday to his lawyer, Nolan James of Cleveland-based law firm Cavitch Familo and Durkin.
James said in an email Thursday morning several allegations made in a Medina County civil suit against the Fields alleging they owe a Medina millions of dollars are untrue.
"There are a number of serious false allegations that have been brought against my clients," James wrote.
The suit, filed in Medina County Common Pleas Court on Oct. 26, 2017, alleges Rickey and Susan Fields, with a last known address on North Lexington-Springmill Road in Ontario, owe Michael Kaminsky of Medina millions of dollars. Kaminsky claims he loaned them money for the festival and was promised part of the festival proceeds through an oral contract.
Whiskey Warehouse, 1400 West Fourth St., Mansfield, is also named as a defendant in the case.
Attorney Timothy Weyls of Weyls Peters and Chuparkoff, an Independence-based law firm, filed the Medina County suit, which states the Fields were tenants in a building owned by an affiliate of Kaminsky since around 2009 in Wadsworth and until recently operated a business there.
Rick Fields told Kaminsky financial assistance was needed for Ink in the Clink, according to the suit. Kaminsky entered into an oral contract with the Fields and had a partnership for the event around September 2016, with Kaminsky allegedly making numerous advance payments to the partnership from September 2016 through March 2017.
The suit alleges Fields told Kaminsky he would be repaid any money he paid in advance to the partnership, and he would also receive one-half of the net profits from the festival, which took place July 14 to July 16 at the Ohio State Reformatory.
Rick Fields told Kaminsky the net profit from the festival was around $3.8 million, according to the suit, which he said was in the account for the event.
Kaminsky later learned the funds believed to have been advanced only for the event were paid to accounts for the Fields and Whiskey Warehouse, according to the suit.
According to the suit, Rick and Susan Fields have stopped paying employees and vendors for Whiskey Warehouse, which appears to be closed.
Kaminsky, who according to the suit has not been repaid, is seeking in damages the $180,250 he loaned to the Fields; one-half of the net profits from the 2017 Ink in the Clink festival, believed to be around $1,809,875; and $12,537.36 he paid to unfreeze the event account because of tax liens, plus interest, attorney's fees and other costs.
Kaminsky is also seeking in damages an amount in excess of $25,000, to be determined at trial, on a fraud count; an amount in excess of $25,000, to be determined at trial, on a conversion of event monies count; and an amount in excess of $13,008, to be determined at trial, on a conversion of other monies account. Kaminsky is also seeking to review the event's financial records and documents.
Kaminsky's motion for default judgment is scheduled for a non-oral hearing at 8 a.m. Feb. 12. No appearance is necessary, according to court records.