Law enforcement are tightening security around the country music festival set for Saturday and Sunday in Ascension Parish, particularly after the mass shooting at a Las Vegas concert, Ascension Parish Sheriff Jeff Wiley said.
The sheriff issued the statement Monday, saying he wanted those who plan to attend Flambeau Music Festival at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center to feel safe after the mass shooting Sunday night at the Route 91 Harvest Country Music Festival in Las Vegas. At least 58 people were killed and more than 500 injured.
"Allow me to take this opportunity to reassure all ticket holders, prospective or otherwise, that we assure attendees a very safe venue," Wiley said.
He said law enforcement, concert security and Lamar Dixon personnel were coordinating efforts to help ensure "a very safe and enjoyable concert."
Bobby Webre, chief deputy for the Sheriff's Office, said the different entities met Monday morning to go over security plans with a "fine-tooth comb."
"We knew we had a good security plan already," Webre said.
The Sheriff's Office will be the lead security agency at the event, he said.
The organizers of the festival will also provide security personnel who will be using metal detectors to scan those attending the concert as well as to check any bags they bring with them, Webre said.
The Flambeau Fest website said festival goers should plan to arrive early, due to the additional security measures, and to review a list of items that they can take into the venue with them. The list can be found on its website at https://flambeaufest.com/experience/.
Festival goers will have their choice of two routes to and from the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center, for the first time in the center's history.
On Monday, local officials held a ribbon-cutting for the completion of the extension of Edenborne Parkway, which is just off La. 44, that now joins South St. Landry Avenue where Lamar-Dixon is located off La. 30.
Both La. 44 and La. 30 have access to Interstate 10.
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The festival will take place Saturday and Sunday at Ascension Fields at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center.
"We pray for all those in Las Vegas who have lost loved ones and for those that are being treated as victims of this senseless tragic shooting," Wiley said.
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