Arrests down at weekend concert at Geneva park

Published 10:43 am Tuesday, June 25, 2013

The number of arrests decreased at Harmony Park this past weekend in comparison to Memorial Day weekend, but opinions vary on why.

Owner Jay Sullivan said he worked with the concert promoter to increase security and medical staff and to limit ticket sales.

He said what caused the multiple drug-related arrests at the Bella Music Fest on Memorial Day weekend was that the promoter slashed security and medical staff and oversold tickets without his knowledge. He said he is taking steps to ensure that doesn’t happen again by either working hand in hand with the promoters or else running security and medical himself.

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“As a landowner being more involved with the promoter, we really gained some public safety,” Sullivan said.

Freeborn County Sheriff Bob Kindler sees it differently. He said the reason arrests were down was because of wet weather. The Albert Lea area had 3 inches of rain Friday night, and more rain fell Saturday night and early Sunday morning.

“Weather played a huge part in reducing the amount of activity in the park,” the sheriff said.