11/29/2012 9:22:00 AM Hay Days 2012 is incident-free
by DENISE MARTIN
After year one of Hay Days at its new location in Sunrise Township was marred by miles of traffic congestion and a deluge of complaints; it seems the kinks have been straightened out. In its report to the County Board Hay Days event organizers say there was one traffic-related complaint and one lighting issue this fall. The sheriff’s department told the County Board signage had been placed in strategic locations by mid-day Friday, well before the two-day event. The sheriff’s office does additionally recommend two electronic signs be placed on Hwy. 95 east and west of the Hay Days access at Oriole Avenue or #70, indicating “Slow Traffic Ahead.” Sheriff’s personnel also report the security portion of the event went well. Sno Barons’ private security firm worked alongside deputies and “no unusual service calls” were connected to Hay Days, the report stated. Sno Barons Snowmobile Club, which hosts Hay Days every September, also created a “swap chute” system on site, to move vendors into the event grounds more effectively and this was closely monitored and worked well. Dust control measures were applied onto Oriole Avenue weeks before the Hay Days event, and this will be a regular practice. The MN Dept. of Health told county authorities there were no licensing issues with any food or beverage vendors this year. Sno Barons have a special state camping license allowing for 2,000 sites, covering two event episodes for a total of 14 days of camping. The non-profit Tapestries of Life did the gate count (a charity fundraiser the Sno Barons contract out to be done) and on Saturday, Sept. 8 there were 25,423 counted and 10,009 people passed through gates on Sunday, Sept 9.