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WE Fest Safety

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Day one of WE Fest 2013 is in the books. The country music event brings around 45,000 people a day through Saturday.

After 31 years, coordinators say security has greatly improved -- they try to keep music lovers and campers safe.

Campers all around have been coming year after year to WE Fest, and they have an idea how to stay safe. "It's really important to be here with people that are going to watch your back," Kaitlyn Teske says, who's been coming for five years, "I mean all of us take care of each other. We all make sure we are together all the time. We're not just letting people wander off on their own, because it's even a matter of getting lost because this is a huge complex."

The area becomes a city itself for a weekend. Overnight, there are about 30,000 campers around the Soo Pass Ranch. To keep people safe, Becker County Sheriffs patrol the area along with a private security company and Horse Patrol. "There's a camp manager with a very large staff in each and every camp ground, and so any questions or any help you need there's always someone very close." says WE Fest coordinator John Gourley.

And as Kaitlyn says, campers make friends with their neighbors and keep an eye out for each other. "Everybody just looks out for each other and just makes sure nobody is lost or stumbling down the hill or anything rogue."

Staying safe because the weekend is about fun with friends and the concerts. "I'm definitely here for the music, camping and hanging out with everybody is just a bonus," Kaitlyn says.

Becker County Sheriff and Detroit Lakes Police are patrolling the roads outside the grounds. Last year, they made just 10 DWI arrests, but pulled over 190 vehicles for driving too fast.

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