On Friday one of our regions biggest summertime festivals kicks off.
Around 80,000 people are expected to converge on Johnson City for the 16th annual Blue Plum Festival.
This year the festival will extend into Founders Park, and the Johnson City Police Department will have extra officers on hand, anticipating a bigger crowd.
Lieutenant Scotty Carrier tells us they will be prepared with several extra officers on bikes, in cars, and walking the streets at the event.
Carrier’s biggest concern for those headed to the festival are the trains.
“Norfolk Southern said there is going to be about 10 to 12 trains come through each day, now granted they are going to give ample warning and everything, but I strongly encourage, we anticipate thousands of people down there and therefore we just want people to keep that in mind,” said Carrier.
Carrier tells us the police department will also have extra officers on hand Friday and Saturday evening for DUI patrols.
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