Rain threatens traffic safety at Hackman Pumpkin Festival

Boone County Sheriff's Department will be managing crowds

Hartsburg Pumpkin Festival preparations underway

HARTSBURG, Mo. - Around 55,000 people are expected to attend this year's Hartsburg Pumpkin Festival.

Locals say the event usually goes on without a hitch.

"The only time that we've had any problem is if we get rain," said festival planner Jo Hackman. "We normally park everyone in the fields, but if it rains, we need to park them on the roads. It just takes quite a bit longer to get them all in because they can't park as close."

Hackman says during these rainy festival days, the town relies heavily on the Boone County Sheriff's Department to direct traffic and manage crowds.

"They're here when we need them and very seldom there's a problem. They really help with the traffic flow," she said.

Detective Tom O'Sullivan says the Sheriff's Department is aware of the potential traffic issues and is prepared to deal with them.

"We have a squad of deputies directing traffic, assisting citizens, just generally providing for a safe environment for all of the people that are going to be in attendance," said O'Sullivan.

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