MANHATTAN, Kan. (WIBW) - A Manhattan holiday has police and local residents preparing for a wild weekend.
The Little Apple is already gearing up for one of its biggest holidays of the year, and while students are getting excited for the Fake Patty’s Day celebration, that means a lot of extra work for local law enforcement and area bar owners.
Six police departments and the Kansas Highway Patrol will be on hand to make sure things stay under control in Aggieville this weekend. Officials are doing all they can to make sure everyone stays safe.
"The police department at rileycountypolice.org, we posted a bunch of the most common violations for Fake Patty’s day," said Public Information Officer Matthew Droge. "So, I mean, laws are not a secret; there’s no excuse to not do things legally. Outside of that, as long as you’re safe and not being irresponsible you should be fine."
The event has caused a lot of concern over the years in the Manhattan community, but local bar owners believe Fake Patty’s day the potential to be something special for the town.
"I think if handled properly and responsibly it can be a good event for everybody," said Rusty Wilson, owner of Kite’s Grille and Bar & Rusty’s Last Chance Saloon. "For example, we have the whole day with live music from start to finish, we have food tents set up inside of our places so everybody can have food, we have complimentary water. We do those types of things to make sure it’s not all just about beer drinking."
Fake Patty’s Day will get underway this Saturday in Aggieville.