SAGINAW (WJRT) -
(06/20/14) - Saginaw is preparing to rock-out country style, and police have a plan in place to keep everyone safe.
Saginaw Ojibway Island will be packed for the KCQ-Country Music Festival.
The signs are up, the vendors are getting set, and the stage is ready to go. Country Music fans are in store for a good time in Saginaw.
"This is always one of the biggest events in Saginaw," said Greg Cole with 98FM-KCQ.
Large crowds are expected for the event's twenty-third year.
"Anywhere between 80,000 and 100,000 people," said Lt. Bob Ruth, with the Saginaw Police Department.
The event is safe and police plan to keep it that way.
"It's a joint effort between the Saginaw County Sheriff's Department and the Saginaw Police Department. We're basically doing the same thing that we did last year, but we are just beefing it up a little bit," Ruth said.
The biggest change in security efforts will come in the traffic department.
"We're closing off some of the streets to make the area just slightly more secure," Ruth said.
Fordney Street near Crayola Park will be shut down, and the Court Street Bridge will be closed to eastbound traffic.
"The westbound traffic can come in down Ezra Rust, from South Washington only. That's the only way you can enter the island," Ruth said.
Once on Ojibway, spectators are in for a treat. The concert has a big headliner.
"Superstars Montgomery Gentry, who've been one of the top duos in country music since about the year 2000, they've won both ACM and CMN awards, and they're always top nominated every year, and they know how to throw a party," Coles aid.
A free and safe party for the community.
"It's just a great family fun day, come on out and enjoy," Cole said.
The island opens at 7 a.m., with music following shortly after at 11. There are plenty of activities planned. You can find a link to a detailed schedule and times by clicking HERE.
Important to note spectators can not bring alcoholic beverages onto the island, and all bags and coolers will be searched.