Security Heightened for 87th Apple Blossom Festival


WINCHESTER, Va. - Every year the Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival brings in hundreds of thousands of people, and every year, law enforcement officials work together to keep Winchester safe.

"We started meeting back in September, and every year we try to make security a little bit better," said Captain Doug Watson of the Winchester Police Department.

Last year's Boston Marathon bombings prompted officials to initiate bag searches at the Wine Festival. This year, they're expanding that initiative.

"They’re just expanding on that this year, covering all the tent events, the coronation and Weekend in the Park. The wine festival, starting this weekend, will be the first one," said Watson.

They say searching bags has become standard procedure at large scale events across the United States.

"There are size restrictions that are limiting what bags can be brought in even thought there is searching,” Watson said.

Make sure you measure your bags before bringing them. No bag larger than 14 inches by 9 inches will be allowed inside the events prompting bag searches.

"The best thing to do is to not have a bag at all. They do make exceptions for diaper bags, a lot of the events are family friendly," he said. 

For more safety information about the Apple Blossom Festival, including parking, road closures, and staying hydrated, visit the following links:     

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