Staying Safe at Summer Festivals and Events

How Safe is the Midway at Memorial Coliseum?

By Megan Trent
By Julian Teekaram

June 16, 2011 Updated Oct 24, 2013 at 6:16 AM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - Safety has been a concern in past years at the All American Giant Midway at Memorial Coliseum, but this year officers are putting the focus on family fun.

All American Giant Midway Safety

The All American Giant Midway starts today at Memorial Coliseum and will run through Saturday, June 25. The Midway has always been a popular event in Fort Wayne, complete with food, games, and rides.

According to Chief Deputy Sheriff Dave Gladieux, over 17,000 people attended the event last year. With so much foot traffic, there are some safety concerns, especially since violence has occurred in the past. Gladieux talked to Indiana’s NewsCenter Thursday about what officers are doing to keep this year’s Midway safe and sound.

“We’ve stepped up things security wise. You shouldn’t be able to look around without seeing a uniformed officer. We’re also going to have some plain clothes guys walking around,” said Gladieux.

Gladiex also said the Midway is a family-oriented event, which means officers will enforce a zero tolerance policy when it comes to alcohol.

In addition to police protection, Gladieux said there are precautions people can take to stay out of harm’s way, including traveling in groups and keeping an eye on kids.

“We don’t want mom and dads to just drop off kids unattended. The show here is not a babysitting service.”

Midway Hours

June 16-25
Thursday, June 16: 5:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Friday, June 17: 5:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Saturday, June 18: 12:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Sunday, June 19: 12:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Monday, June 20: 5:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Tuesday, June 21: 5:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Wednesday, June 22: 5:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Thursday, June 23: 5:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Friday, June 24: 5:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Saturday, June 25: 12:00 PM- 11:00 PM

*Wristbands $20.00 on select days and times for all ages. Weekend wristband times are 12:00pm-4:00pm. Weekday wristband times are 5:00pm-9:00pm. Single ride prices vary.
*Parking $4-$8

Food and Ride Safety at Festivals

Every food vendor in Allen County is required to get a temporary or annual food service permit. The Allen County Health Department also inspects the vendors every 48 hours. Inspectors look to make sure vendors using hair nets, gloves, food thermometers, and much more. Last year, more than 1,000 temporary food service permits were issued in Allen County, and more than 1,300 inspections took place.

Rides are inspected on a regular basis as well. Many times, like at the All American Giant Midway at Memorial Coliseum, that inspection comes through the Indiana Department of Homeland Security. Look for an up to date permit, which is usually displayed near the operator’s station. If you feel like a ride is unsafe, don’t get on the ride and let event staff know immediately.

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