Security measures increase for Riverfest 2014

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - "I've been running this for a long time," Randy Yahn explains.

For Yahn work doesn't always come easy. Around this time of year he rarely gets a chance to take a seat. He says, "Starting Monday we really clamped down on it."

Riverfest is stepping up their security measures this year. Security coordinator Shay Matyja says, "We are increasing the metal detection at the gates also to include roaming police inside and outside the festival." Matyja says he and his staff are working to ensure visitors traveling to their car or hotel are safe.

A tourist says, "And you tend to get with your friends and you kind of forget about those things." Lisa Anderson is a tourist visiting Little Rock for the music festival. She tells THV she's thankful a lack of security is something she won't have to stress about this weekend. "You want to hear the bands, you want to get out on the lawn and enjoy the cool weather and you just don't want to have to worry about the security and who might be around the next corner," Anderson continues.

For the next four days, Yahn will be manning his gate, making sure all who are planning on attending the festival know the rules. He says, "Don't bring any fire arms, knives, or sharp objects in."


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