Police to tighten security at Riverfest this weekend

Police to tighten security at Riverfest this weekend

CINCINNATI (FOX19) -Police are stepping up patrols this weekend at Sawyer Point and Yeatman’s Cove for the 43rd Riverfest celebration.

Organizer Chad Schaefer says Sawyer Point will have enhanced security including entry points at public landing.

"We will have folks that will be searched and we will make sure everyone is protected and everyone is secure,” said Schaefer.

More than 250,000 people are expected to be at Riverfest this weekend and crowds are already starting to camp out to save the best spot for Sunday night’s firework show.

“We got out here around 3:00 this morning. Sat outside the fence out there until they let us come in,” said visitor Ric Clark.

The National Guard, Coast Guard and several local police agencies will be at Riverfest keeping the thousands of people safe.

“I’ve never missed the fireworks. I’ve been here since 77,” said Clark.

Alcohol will not be allowed or sold. Guests can purchase purchase food, soft drinks and or water at the event.

The Coast Guard will enforce a safety zone-which will temporarily close the Ohio river from the Big Mac Bridge to the Roebling Suspension Bridge Sunday evening from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Visitors say rules aside, it’s guaranteed to be a good time.

“It feels awesome. It’s the end of the summer bash," said Clark. "Everyone knows it in Cincinnati. Great fireworks going off all around from the city to the Kentucky side. It’s an awesome thing.”

Riverfest runs from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday at Sawyer Point Park and Yeatman’s Cove.

Fireworks show starts at 9:07 p.m.

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