State Police assisting area law enforcement to patrol Musikfest; open containers allowed.

Written by on August 5, 2021

State Police assisting area law enforcement to patrol Musikfest; open containers allowed.

By Brad Klein
August 5, 2021

Musikfest is expected to bring hundreds of thousands of visitors to the Lehigh Valley starting Aug. 6. It's a hopeful change from last year when the festival was almost entirely virtual, but it also raises some concerns.

BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Musikfest is expected to bring hundreds of thousands of visitors to the Lehigh Valley starting Aug. 6. It’s a hopeful change from last year when the festival was almost entirely virtual, but it also raises some concerns. 

Bethlehem Police Chief, Michelle Kott, says that her department is ready and relying on a range of strategic partnerships. 

“Not only between the police department, the fire department, our EMS, the health bureau. And then working with our normal municipal partners throughout the Lehigh Valley, such as Palmer Township, Forks Township, Easton PD. Our friends at the Pennsylvania State Police and then our federal partners as well,” Kott said.

The department’s mounted officers will be supplemented with officers on horseback from the state police.

Visitors strolling from one venue to another with an open drink, will not be the target of law enforcement, she said.

“We want people to come into town. We want them to visit the festival, visit our local businesses, have a good time, but to do so safely,” she said. 

As long as visitors stay reasonably safe, as in “walking on the sidewalk rather than the middle of the street. Not climbing on cars or throwing things,” they’re free to carry the beverage of your choice in a Musikfest mug.

This will be Kott’s first Musikfest as chief, a role she assumed late last year.

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