This Morning: Police prep for Faster Horses Festival

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It’s a big weekend down in Brooklyn.

Tens of thousands of people will make their way to the Michigan International Speedway for the Faster Horses Music Festival.

It’s a weekend filled with campfires, country music, and alcohol.

Cambridge police say there will be an increased police presence at MIS this year.

In fact, the department says they hire 4-5 extra officers specifically for the event.

Last year Cambridge police say the crowd was mostly well-behaved, however officers were called to the festival 99 times. The majority of those incidents were alcohol related.

Police also say firefighters were dispatched 449 times for EMS rescues over the course of 4 days.

Each year, police say they work to nail down a plan a few months ahead of time to keep the crowd safe.

This year Cambridge Twp. police will be working with the Lenaway County Sheriff’s Office and the Michigan State Police.

Two officers will be riding around on ATV’s, others will be walking through the festival, and the rest will patrol from the outside.

Officers will also maintain a police presence out in the township all weekend too.

In addition, Live Nation is implementing something new this year.

Fans will go through a security checkpoint every time they drive onto the property. They must be ready to show their festival wristbands and/or camping passes.

Security will be conducting brief vehicle searches for weapons at each checkpoint, this is to ensure the safety of all fans at the festival.

Officials say if you need to purchase or pick up any passes you will be able to do so at the box office that will be at each checkpoint.

Thursday night thousands of fans with trucks and campers reported waiting in line for hours to get to their campsite.

Live Nation posted on Facebook the delay was due to slow moving traffic around the festival and that it was not a check-point issue.

Blake Shelton, Florida Georgia Line and Billy Currington are in the lineup this year.

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