NIXA, Mo. -- The 62nd Sucker Day Festival kicks off in Nixa, Mo. Friday. This year, local officials have created a master plan for safety.
"We reached out to Phil Amtower, with the Christian County Emergency Response Team, I reached out to our Nixa Police Department and fire department," Chris Russell, Nixa Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, said. "I said, 'guys we need to get together and master plan this.'"
Russell says they have crafted plans in the event of a medical emergency and any potential weather situations. Blockades will also be placed at entrances to the festival.
"We want to make sure people are safe," Russell said. "I'm very proud to say that the Nixa Police Department is providing all our security for our event."
The Nixa Police Department will have officers strategically placed throughout the festival. They are bringing in extra officers to cover the city this weekend.
"Our police officers that patrol our streets are very close," Officer Brent Forgey said. "We have a five minute emergency response time anywhere in the city. We know that so we have extra officers on."
With a plan in place, Russell says they are ready and excited for the festival. For more information about activities and parking, click here.