OSHKOSH - Oshkosh is known as the Event City of the Fox Valley. With festivals almost weekly during the summer, it's not hard to see why.
But with thousands of people coming and going through the city, what does it take to keep everyone safe?
Country USA just ended, Sawdust Days has just begun, then come Lifest, Rock USA and EAA's AirVenture.
The events keep coming in Oshkosh, and it takes a lot of work to make it all run smoothly and safely.
"It's a collaboration of a lot of people coming together to make this happen. There's fire, sheriff, city police," said Wendy Hielsberg, Executive Director of the Oshkosh Convention & Visitors Bureau.
The city takes events so seriously, the Oshkosh Police Department employs Officer Matt Harris year-round to only cover events and planning. He told FOX 11 that's rare for a city this size.
"I argue there should be two of us," said Harris about the amount of work.
Captain Todd Christie with the Winnebago County Sheriff's Department told us the work is practically year 'round.
"We'll start probably in the fall planning for next year's events, and that includes meetings with the department of transportation, those who run the events," said Christie.
According to Christie, during events like Country or Rock USA, certain officers are on duty on site for the length of the festival.
"When those events are going on, we kind of function as two law enforcement agencies...they all work, the majority, 12-hour shifts throughout the event," explained Christie.
And it takes a lot of manpower.
For example, Harris told us the police department had 15 extra officers on traffic duty for Country USA. It adds up to a lot of overtime.
"It's not on the taxpayers' dime, there is an extensive manpower cost, but it is on the event organizer to pay that cost," explained Harris.
And Harris said to most, the cost is worth it.
"That's why we work with them, and most event organizers understand that it's vital to the safety of their event to have the police there too," he said.
The latest event is Sawdust days which started Wednesday and ends Sunday. That's in Oshkosh's Menominee Park.
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