Harry Potter Festival expected to bring thousands to Edgerton

EDGERTON, Wis. - The Harry Potter Festival in Edgerton is only in its second year, but organizers expect it to have a huge impact on southern Wisconsin.

Edgerton prides itself on being a great place for festivals and this weekend will be the largest one yet.

The city of fewer than 6,000 residents will be bewitching fans from all over the country, with organizers expecting 50,000 people or more to the area.

The three-day festival takes the community into the world of Hogwarts with events like Zippy's School of Flight, a search for the Sorcerer's Stone and a Quidditch tournament.

People from 38 states so far have bought tickets to the event.

With that many people coming to the area, the festival brings a huge fundraising opportunity. Ticket sales go toward helping nonprofit organizations in the area.

"We are touching so many more thousands of lives in so many ways," organizer Scott Cramer said.

The city of Edgerton is working to accommodate the large number of people.

"We feel a great obligation to try to keep people safe and moving through the community," City Administrator Ramona Flanigan said. "That volume of people really gives us pause. In the end we hope the event is successful.

The entire police force will be working all weekend along with waste management services, officials said.

The city's biggest concern is traffic and where everyone will park.

Last year, event organizers expected around 300 people, but around 5,000 showed up. Cramer said he had no idea the festival would grow so fast.

Cramer hopes the festival will become an annual event.

This year's event kicks off on Friday.

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