National Peanut Festival discusses safety precautions

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DOTHAN, Ala (WDHN) — Wiregrass fairgoers will flood the gates starting next week for the National Peanut Festival.

“We gonna have a huge crowd this time we gonna have a record-breaker,” NPF President Joe Snell said. “We’re providing local people to have a Disney world this is like Disney world to a lot of people that can’t go to Orlando.”

The fair will feature over 60 rides attractions and shows and there will also be five new rides. Last year, unfortunately, fairgoers missed out on the fun due to the rising cases of COVID-19.

While COVID-19 is still present, but not as prevalent, keeping fairgoers safe is a must, so national peanut staff and volunteers will thoroughly clean rides.

“We’ll spray and fog the rides probably one or two days before the fair we only get here four days before, so we’ll fog all of the rides, and then we have primetime that is COVID killer that’s disinfectant that gets rid of them all we’ll do periodic cleaning,” said Jeff Alberts, the safety coordinator of Reithoffer Shows.

Another priority is safety at the festival which has been a concern to many due to the recent spurts of gun violence in Circle City. The festival has been a victim of fights in the past, but they are confident their precautions will alleviate any problems.

“One thing we have increased is there will be more police presence at the gates there are no guns allowed and of course, if they are concealed we can’t see them but there are no guns allowed on property so they’ll be watching for noticeable signs,” Safety Director Scott Palmer said.

The park asks parents to safeguard their children whether that’s wearing a mask or getting the vaccine and if you’re dropping your kids off make sure they are wearing an armband with a phone number they can reach or they know where to go if they get lost.

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