We may wilt over the commute, lament the lack of parking and cringe at the inconsideration of crowds, but we civilians won’t have to chase a naked runner in 84 degree heat.
This call was one of more than 150 during the first weekend of National Cherry Festival, calls answered by city, county and state law enforcement.
This is “typical” of the festivities that 500,000 people are expected to enjoy during Cherry fest’s duration.
While the majority of calls are for things that happen any time of year — people concerned about dogs in cars, drunk drivers — the weight of their numbers strain the shoulders of those charged with answering them.
But our law enforcement officers, deputies and troopers prepare and expect this.
City police partner up with county deputies and Michigan State Police troopers step up their downtown presence to manage the massive crowds — and what comes with them.
This weekend it included a probation violation incident, damage to a parked vehicle, a dog bite, a report of a stolen wallet, several complaints of drunk or disorderly persons, minor traffic crashes and lost or stolen items.
But it also included investigating an apparent murder-suicide Sunday afternoon that claimed the lives of two Traverse City residents at a downtown hotel.
We are reminded of another horrific Cherry Fest killing, one that is still unsolved.
Kelly Boyce-Hurlbert was struck and killed while riding her bike home during Cherry Fest 2013. The hit and run is an unsolved crime.
We appreciate what Cherry Fest brings to our community — the energy, the celebration of our signature stone fruit, the economic boon to our businesses.
We also appreciate those in uniform who allow the festival to proceed safely.
We can help by doing the little things — locking our cars, driving cautiously and in general, acting responsibly.
In addition, we also urge those who know anything about Boyce-Hurlbert’s death to come forward. The FBI is offering $25,000 for information leading to the capture and conviction of her killer.