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Owego police prepare to keep Strawberry Festival attendees safe

OWEGO (WBNG) — First responders are preparing for the Owego Strawberry Festival and the thousands of people that are set to attend the festival beginning Friday.

Tents have been set up for the hundreds of vendors expected to participate in the festival, as well as performance stages. While the festival is being prepared, so too are first responders, who are taking measures to ensure the safety of the festival attendees.

Officers say a big safety concern is traffic safety.

“We’ve come up with a comprehensive traffic management plan to divert people a little bit away from the crowds so that we don’t have tractor trailers driving right past big crowds of people,” says Owego Police Officer Jeffrey Winchell. “So we are going to move them just outside the main event area just about a block or two. Get them around the area where the festival is going to be going on and let them get back to their normal routes.”

Park Street and Court Street will be closed for the two-day festival.

The Owego Police Department says it wants festival goers to be aware of their surroundings and personal belongings but most importantly, have fun.

The 39th annual Owego Strawberry Festival takes places on June 14 from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and on June 15 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m..

Tyler Brown

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