Safety Concerns Surround Archer's "Mother's Day Fest"
Published May 11th, 2013
ARCHER - Hundreds, if not thousands, of people are expected to come out to Archer on Saturday for the city's 32nd annual "Mother's Day Weekend Cultural Fest."
The event is being held just two weeks after the shooting death of a man at the Williston "Crab Fest", timing that has some residents on edge.
Longtime organizers of the Mother's Day Fest say violence has never been a big problem for the festival. As an added precaution, however, they did say that the Alachua County Sheriff's Office plans on providing extra deputies to help patrol the event.
While ASO officials say they have no information that any type of retaliatory act will take place, one Archer resident who lives next to the field where the fest takes place every year described it as "one big party."
Fest organizers say while that may be true of festivals in past years, their goal this year is to bring the event back to it's family-friendly ways.
Unlike Williston's Crab Fest, there is a special events permit for Saturday's event in Archer.
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