Food Vendor Vandalism Sparks Security Changes At Riverfest

By: Parrish Alleman Email
By: Parrish Alleman Email

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Monday, June 3, 2013

Several food tents at Riverfest were hit by vandals this weekend. That vandalism is inspiring some security changes at the festival.

"It looked like somebody had a food fight in our booth. There was ketchup everywhere, slices of cheese stuck to the windows,” food vendor Michael Boone said.

"They stole bread, they stole soda, they stole pretty much whatever they thought wanted and it takes a profit out of everybody here,” food vendor Ciara Smith said.

The vendors we spoke with have a lot of questions after this weekend. First, why would someone do that much damage? Second, where was security?

"Well I thought they would have security. Everybody leaves their booth here at night and there is all kinds of stuff that can be taken,” Smith said.

The president of Wichita festivals tells us security officers found and removed the vandals Saturday night after they had already trashed several booths. She says they've made some changes to keep future troublemakers out of the food tents completely.

"We tightened up a few things and we've got the right amount of personnel because we all have the same goal which is to keep not only the assets here but all the people here safe and sound,” Wichita Festivals President/CEO Mary Beth Jarvis said.

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