Sex Toys Sold at Family-Oriented July 4 Party Upstate

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    The tent got shut down once city officials realized what was being sold inside.

    A family-oriented Fourth of July celebration in a small upstate New York community turned out red, white and bluer than organizers planned.

    A business selling sex toys set up shop during last Sunday's festivities in Veterans Memorial Park in Hornell, a city of 9,000 residents 60 miles south of Rochester.

    The vendor was one of 75 who applied for permits from the Hornell Partners for Growth, the local business improvement organization that put on the event. Mayor Shawn Hogan says once Executive Director June Shearer-Pieklo  realized what the vendor was selling inside a tent marked "18 and older,'' she shut it down.

    Shearer-Pieklo isn't releasing the name of the business.

    Hogan says none of the vendor's merchandise was visible outside the tent.