Local law enforcement officials work together to keep Marian Days safe

Local law enforcement officials work together to keep Marian Days safe
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The nearly 70,000 people who are attending the 37th annual Marian Days festival in Carthage are not letting a little rain bring down their tents.

Local law enforcement officials are heavily on hand to ensure a safe weekend, with 45 officers there tonight.

Officials say they have treated some for illnesses, but the rain has helped lessen the number of heat-related illnesses compared to previous years.

Because it is a Catholic event, officials say crime is expected to be low.

However, navigating traffic and preventing cars from blocking others presents a challenge.

A wide variety of Vietnamese food is sold at the festival.

The Jasper County Health Department and Carthage Fire Department have inspected all food tents prior to opening to ensure vendors are in compliance with the temporary restaurant regulations in the state.

“All the food tents are churches,” said Chief Greg Dagnan, Carthage Police Department. “The food tent is a fundraiser for them and they make a lot of money, but they also want to do it right. They are inspected just like any other kitchen by the health department, so we know the food is safe that they’re serving.”

Tomorrow is the final day of the festival.