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Security Stepped Up at Festifall

Posted October 7, 2007

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— An estimated 10,000 people attended Festifall along Franklin Street on Sunday, and Chapel Hill town officials said they were well prepared for the crowd.

There were nearly 40 police officers patrolling this year's event. That breaks down to nearly 10 officers per block.

"Anytime you have a large number of citizens downtown in one area, there are a variety of safety concerns we want to keep in mind,” Capt. Chris Blue, Chapel Hill Police Department, said.

Festifall was created 35 years ago to celebrate the artistic community. Artists sell pottery, paintings, jewelry and wood-works at the event and musicians perform.

Officers patrolling Festifall checked for weapons and alcohol.

Past trouble with street festivals, such as last year's Apple Chill after-party, prompted the extra security measures.

Chapel Hill Mayor Kevin Foy asked the Town Council to end the Apple Chill after three people were shot following the event.

The 34-year-old family-oriented spring event featured local and regional craftspeople and music on six stages.

At this year's Festifall, festival goer LaRunda Craig said she was happy to see someone looking out for her and her children.

"They need to come out and enjoy themselves instead of violence on the street,” Craig said.

A number of people WRAL talked with on Sunday said they really miss Apple Chill. The Chapel Hill Town Council said they are working on a replacement spring event.

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  • peacebee Oct 8, 2007

    And if attitudes change, and we start making a positive difference, though it be a small one to start, as it builds, where will we be in another 100 years?

  • Harrison Bergeron Oct 8, 2007

    "This is true Raleigh Doodle...what positive contribution to humanity can we do to help the situation? And please...I am being serious...not sarcastic...give it some thought - Sincere and heartfelt thought." -peacebee

    Perhaps if we heeded the words of Booker T. Washington, or even Marcus Garvey, that were spoken 100 years ago, we would be in a better position today.

  • peacebee Oct 8, 2007

    This is true Raleigh Doodle...what positive contribution to humanity can we do to help the situation? And please...I am being serious...not sarcastic...give it some thought - Sincere and heartfelt thought.

  • RALEIGH DOODLEBUG Oct 8, 2007

    yeah, wonder why security had to be stepped up. could it be the thugs from durham coming with their guns to settle scores and show their self...hummm?...what a joke chapel hill and durham has become...

  • aquamama Oct 8, 2007

    BRING BACK APPLE CHILL! It had a cooler name.

  • Justin T. Oct 8, 2007

    Jermaniac... I miss Biggie Smalls. I guess we'll just have to agree to disagree on this one.

  • ncmickey Oct 8, 2007

    DrJ,
    You are absolutly right.

  • bronzegoddess40 Oct 8, 2007

    If this is a public affair and not private, then who should be kept out? Thugs, so everyone that is under 25, black or hispanic,would not be allowed to attend. So I guess if you are of another race or older than 25 then you will not have any problems attending these events. Wow, what about those young people that are not involved in that type of behavior?

  • BlancheDancing Oct 8, 2007

    "A number of people WRAL talked with on Sunday said they really miss Apple Chill. The Chapel Hill Town Council said they are working on a replacement spring event."

    Okay, might as well call it Apple Chill.. A festival of anyother name will attract the same folks .. and perhaps the same behaviors..

    sheesh

    "if I close my eyes can they still see me???"

  • Timbo Oct 8, 2007

    Well Harry, profiling is illegal for a reason.

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