Decatur Celebration attendees will be screened before entrance
DECATUR, Ill. (WRSP) —
Decatur's biggest event of the year is underway at the Decatur Celebration, and safety is the number one priority for law enforcement and event organizers.
At the main gates, every single person to walk in will be asked to open their bags for inspection, then a detector will scan over them to make sure they aren't concealing any metals or anything dangerous on their bodies.
The Decatur Celebration has partnered with the Decatur Police Department and Macon County Sheriff's Department. Fox Springfield is told there are over 30 law enforcement personnel at the celebration on foot and on bike patrols.
The event's director says that while she hopes for the best, they are prepared to take action if anything happens. "We've been a pretty safe event but the world changes, you know?" said Producer and Director Lori Sturgill. "Things happen in other communities, things happen in other countries. As a festival we have to make sure we're taking things to the next level of security."
Sturgill and law enforcement say they haven't had any big issues so far - or even in recent history of the annual Decatur Celebration.
Event organizers say the added fence around the perimeter of the festival is just an extra level of safety and security for the event.
Here's a look at the schedule for the Decatur Celebration:
- Gates are open on Saturday from 11 A.M. to 11 P.M.
- On Sunday, the last day, gates open at 11 A.M. and close at 9:30 P.M.