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Published May 07, 2011, 06:34 PM

Police Write About 80 Citations at Springfest; 9 Businesses Fail Compliance Check

Police had a busy day patroling the annual Springfest celebration in University Park in Grand Forks. They wrote out about 80 citations for alcohol violations surrounding the event.

Police had a busy day patroling the annual Springfest celebration in University Park in Grand Forks. They wrote out about 80 citations for alcohol violations surrounding the event.

Police will be releasing exact citation numbers next week.

"It's very much a good time to hangout, there are are so many people here it's insane," said Springfest attendee Megan Hutzol.

Nearly 3,500 people attended the event, enjoying music, food and of course the weather. Everyone coming through the gates were carded and given wristbands.

Last year, police handed out 74 alcohol-related citations. But with the addition of security, volunteers, and 31 police officers, it keeps the party safe.

"There hasn't been any disorderly conducts, fights, anything like that. Destruction of Property nothing," said Lt. Grant Schiller with the Grand Forks Police Department.

Springfest used to get a little out of control, but add a little fencing and some good sponsors, and everybody can have a good time.

"Put some structure behind it, put law enforcement on it and together, working with Rhombus Guys, I think we dialed into a pretty good workable event," said Schiller.

For Springfest goers, it's a great time to celebrate the end of the winter season.

"It's good to see that everyone can come out. It's the end of school, let's enjoy it," said another Springfest attendee Zachary Delorme.

"It's good catching up with everybody we haven't seen, some of these people in a while so it's kinda nice," said Hutzol.

Police say they ticket people mostly for open containers, minors in consumption and public intoxication.

Police also completed an alcohol compliance check with area businesses Saturday from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Out of the 33 businesses checked, 24 passed. That's about a 73% compliance rate.

The businesses that failed:

• Joe Blacks

• Sledsters

• Hugos on S. Columbia Rd.

• Charlie Brown’s

• Jake’s

• Long Haul Saloon

• Hub Bar

• Diamond Lounge

• El Roco

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