Sheriff Talks Stampede Safety

Sheriff Talks Stampede Safety

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The 2014 Kicker Country Stampede is less than a week away.

Thousands of people will be coming from all around the region to enjoy country music at the largest country concert in the Midwest. Most people look forward to listening to good music, camping and, of course, drinking.

Sheriff Greg Riat with the Potawatomi Sheriff’s Office says that while you’re having fun, to pay attention to your surroundings and drink responsibly.

“Be aware of your location and where you’re at,” said Riat. “There are markings on the road to kind of help you find out where you’re at.”

Riat says, as always, they will have a law enforcement area in the campgrounds and the main law enforcement tent will be at the East Gate.

Riat says the sheriff’s office partners with the Kansas Department Of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism at Tuttle Creek, the National Weather Service, Kansas Department Of Transportation, as well as the Riley County Police Department and officers from other local agencies.

“We’ve had a long history with the Stampede and we have a good relationship with the folks at the Country Stampede, the businesses, so each year we kind of keep a running book of the things that we do that’s just right and of course we try to get rid of the things we didn’t care for,” said Riat.

Riat says while they have extra enforcement out at Tuttle Creek for the concert, but they don’t cut back in other areas.

“And really I think there’s probably more activity within the county because we have more law enforcement around so we certainly don’t cut any patrols within the county, either,” said Riat. “We keep our regular shifts staffed, as well.”

In case of an emergency, Riat says to always know your surroundings and the best idea is to have a friend with you, especially if you plan to drink alcohol.

“It’s no secret, I don’t think, that’s there’s some alcohol drank down there, but certainly try to remain responsible and if you’re not, make sure you have somebody there to take care of you,” said Riat.

Whether you plan to drink alcohol or not, drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. Sunscreen is also a must.

The Stampede starts Thursday, June 26th and runs through Sunday, June 29th.

Artists this year include Easton Corbin, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Chris Young, Randy Houser, Thomas Rhett and many more.