Traverse City Record-Eagle


June 28, 2013

Security upped for Cherry Festival


“It’s just understood,” he said.

Most non-parade Cherry Festival days will have 10 full-time and five reserve Traverse City police officers working the Cherry Festival. Heffner said most officers will be on foot, but those on motorcycles handle the most calls — for lost wallets, lost people or blocked cars — in congested downtown and bay front areas.

Tkach said lost children are the biggest security concern every year, but the festival has a 100 percent kids recovery rate, thanks to specific procedures developed over the years. He said attendees with questions should seek out festival staff and volunteers, who all have walkie-talkies and, typically, a red polo shirt.

“If anybody in public sees anything wrong or out place, bring it up,” he said. “We want to have a safe environment. We’re a family friendly event.”



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