The Boston Marathon bombing earlier this year and recent debate over openly carrying firearms in downtown Appleton have prompted Octoberfest organizers to address security at the fall event.
Octoberfest director Susan Vanden Heuvel said organizers wanted to make sure vendors are aware and responsible about what's happening around them. Concerns over openly carrying weapons arose recently when police detained two men who were carrying AR-15 rifles on their way to a downtown Appleton farmers market.
Vanden Heuvel said there are no restrictions on guns at Friday and Saturday's events. While openly carrying a firearm is legal at Octoberfest, those who do so are prohibited from drinking alcohol. Post-Crescent Media reported Appleton police plan to be highly visible at the event, which draws 100,000 people downtown.