Freakfest Organizer: We move forward with courage

Freakfest Organizer: We move forward with courage

Tens of thousands of people will fill State Street for Freakfest. In light of the Las Vegas mass shooting this month, and a suicide bombing at a concert in Manchester, England, earlier this year, police have tailored their plans for this Saturday’s festivities to ensure the public’s safety.

“(We’ve)adjusted our plans, adjusted our approach and also our officers that are the first line of defense regardless. We know that they are aware of these things and on the lookout, said Jason Freedman, MPD central district captain.

There will be 300 officers from the Madison Police Department, Dane County Sheriff’s Office, the University of Wisconsin Police Department and other agencies working the event, along with Special Events Team personnel. 200 private security officers will also be at the event.

Those who are attending the event are not allowed to bring the following items: open containers of alcohol, glass containers, weapons, fake/costume weapons or implements or tools that could be used as improvised weapons.

Streets crossing State Street will start closing at 5:00 p.m. for Freakfest on Saturday, Oct. 28. Lake Street, Johnson Street and Dayton Street will all close at 5:00 p.m. Gorham Street will stay open until 6:00 p.m. Streets will be closed until approximately 3:00 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 29th.

Event gates will be open from 7:00 p.m. until the 1:30 a.m. During this time, an event ticket will be needed to enter or cross State Street.

The MPD said there are no major changes to security. By design, the changes put in place will not be public knowledge. Frank Productions, the company that puts on the event, said Freakfest will proceed with caution.

“We have to continue to choose as Americans to celebrate our freedom and work with police to ensure our safety for events like this ,” said Tag Evers, talent buyer for Frank Productions.

Evers said there have been no safety changes to performances.

“We move forward with courage… and to say that those bad people whether they are terrorists or crazy people. They aren’t going to win, ” he said.