Thursday, September 24, 2015

FTPD Prepares for Merchants & Music Festival



The Merchants & Music Festival brings thousands of people to Tower Park each year. This year's festival is expected to be the biggest to date with a record number of attendees likely to descend upon Fort Thomas. 

The Fort Thomas Police Department is prepared to deal with the crowds, and ready to make sure all the festival-goers safely enjoy the event. 

According to Lt. Richard Whitford, the FTPD won't be the only police presence you will see patrolling the festival. “We have outside agencies that are assisting us on patrol inside the park this year,” said Whitford. “We have the military to assist with National Guard. So we're going to have a heavier presence.”

Lt. Whitford and the members of the FTPD will be applying their experiences from other large events to the Merchant's and Music Festival. 

“I worked Riverfest for 20 years. We've learned from everything, from our experiences. Everybody just wants to have a good time, and go there and enjoy it. We're going to have good weather, it's going to be beautiful. It's going to be a great event. We don't expect or foresee any problems. If anything does pop up, we will handle it and take care of it,” said Whitford. 

If you attended last year's festival, you might recall the park's public bathrooms being closed. The bathrooms are expected to be open later in the evening during this year's event. 

“Unfortunately, last year when they had them open, they were absolutely destroyed for some reason. I have no idea why. And it's just hard to keep them clean. So I think they're going to try this year. They do have a large number of port-o-lets that will be available,” said Whitford. 

There are a couple of rules to keep in mind before heading up to Tower Park on September 25th – bicycles are not permitted in the festival, coolers with alcoholic beverages are not permitted, and animals are also not allowed inside the festival area. “You don't need to bring anything. Just come and be prepared to have a good time,” said Whitford. 

These regulations were all set in place to maintain the safety of the attendees. With the anticipation of large crowds, there simply is not enough room to safely maneuver bicycles within the festival area, and the same goes for animals. There will be plenty of food and beverage vendors to choose from at the festival, so you don't need to bring your own coolers to the event.

Overall, the FTPD is looking forward to helping the festival organizers create a fun and memorable day for the attendees. 

“We're prepared and we will be ready, but we don't expect any problems,” said Whitford. “We expect good weather, a lot of good people coming up to hear a good musician, and we hope everybody just enjoys themselves.”

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