Faster Horses gallops along with more security, weather concerns


BROOKLYN, Mich. (WLNS) — As thousands of country music fans watch the stage at Faster Horses this weekend, they’ll also be watching the skies.


The event has handled bad weather in the past and there is severe weather expected again this year.


6 News was at the Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn as the music festival kicked off despite the threat from Mother Nature.


In a sea of campers and tents, a group of friends from metro Detroit is enjoying their sixth year at Faster Horses.  


 “The music, the people, the beer, it’s all a good time,” said festival attendee Larry Vandeberghe.  


To make sure the good times happen safely, multiple law enforcement agencies are working with event security this weekend.


Michigan State Police currently have 30 troopers surrounding MIS.


“So we’ve increased the amount of people we have here. As the festival grows, we also have to increase our presence here,” said Sgt. Joshua Dorow from the MSP Monroe Post.


Sgt. Dorow says troopers will keep the peace in and outside of Faster Horses and keep traffic moving.


He concert-goers can expect going through more security at the gates.


“They’re actually searching every vehicle that enters the grounds this year,” Sgt. Dorow said.


And with a strong possibility of severe weather this weekend, troopers say they’re prepared for the worst.


Sgt. Dorow says they’re working with organizers on severe weather plans.


If the festival is evacuated, troopers are in charge of directing people away from the area.


“As long there’s no sort of threat to people’s safety, it will keep going, rain or shine,” Sgt. Dorow said.


Police want music fans to prepare for Mother Nature.


Some music fans are ready to embrace whatever she brings.


“You some people are concerned, but we brought our bathing suits, it’s going to be a good time,” Vandeberghe said.


It seems as long as the beer flows and the music blasts, the party will continue.


“It doesn’t really matter what the weather is, it’s going to be fun,” Vandeberghe said.

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