A Christian concert that seeks to spread love and better people's lives is making a lot of enemies in Enumclaw instead. People who live near the Expo Center where the 'Creation Festival' takes place say it's just too noisy.
The four-day event started on Wednesday, and already, the complaints are pouring into Enumclaw city leaders.
"We experience virtually no negative feedback from police as far as any calls for service on anything related to drugs or alcohol," said City Administrator Chris Searcy. "The one comment we hear from people is the noise."
Gary Macgruder was one of many to complain.
"It's just unbelievable, we literally couldn't stand two feet apart and talk without screaming at each other right here in the parking lot," he says of the 2011 Creation Festival.
As the president of his homeowner's association, Macgruder has been vocal about the noise ever since the concert came to town four years ago.
He says the 2011 show was by far the worst in terms of volume, but Wednesday's music wasn't much better.
"It just appears to be very inappropriate and disrespectful," he said. "I mean the walls actually reverberate because of the bass sound."
Event organizers told KING 5 they meet with city officials every year, and make adjustments in an attempt to minimize the impact the music has on nearby neighborhoods.
"We've been trying to run things shorter, trying to monitor sound levels," said Creation Festival producer Bill Darpino. "This year we even started later in the morning, starting at 10 a.m. instead of earlier. We love this area, the city has been great, and certainly we want to try to be a positive even in the community."
In the future, Searcy says another possibility is to end the weeknight concerts a little earlier.
"We've verbally agreed that 11 p.m. is the cutoff time," he said. "On Friday and Saturday night's that's probably reasonable. For Wednesday and Thursday nights, maybe we need to think about doing things a little different."
Since the festival brings 15,000 people to town over the course of four days, it serves as a big economic boost to the city.
Neighbors say they don't want to see the festival go, they just want organizers to consider a compromise.