SELAH, Wash. — Several police departments and local law enforcement agencies took over security at Selah Community Days this year.
After the shooting at the Cinco de Mayo celebration in Sunnyside, people can never be too careful, Selah Police Chief Dan Christmam said.
Chief Christman said he had officers undercover and even called officers on their days off for the weekend event.
“[In] to make sure everything goes according to plan, we just need additional resources,” Chief Christman said.
More than 10,000 people are expected on Saturday, said park vendor president Gary Greene. He said safety was the number one priority for Selah Community Days.
“I think safety is always an issue these days wherever you are and we will and have done everything to make sure it’s a fun and safe event,” Greene said.
Parents of three, Sherrel Kreder and Adam Leslie, said they were always worried about their children’s safety at public events. Leslie said they teach their children what to do in an emergency.
“I also taught my children to contact us before going anywhere,” Kreder said.
Greene said he recommends parents stay with their children at all times.
“I think I probably know everyone here, so I’m not terribly worried,” said Selah Middle School eighth-grader Lucas Williams.
Selah Community Days began in 1937. The annual event had to stop for two years due to the pandemic.
“It’s like family getting together, it’s like a reunion,” Greene said.
There are carnival rides, music, food and vendors every day.
“It’s a big deal, so we want to make sure it’s a safe deal as well,” Chief Christman said.
Pancake food from 8am to 9:30am @ Stone Church
Grand Parade begins at 10 a.m. at 5th Avenue and Jim Clements and goes north, ending north of Center Park
Armed Forces Recognition Ceremony from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. by the main stage
A dance performance by the FootLites Dance Studio from 1:45 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.
Grand final fireworks from 9:45 p.m. @ Parc Carlon