Heightened police presence after fight, arrests at Sun Prairie Sweet Corn Festival

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UPDATE (WKOW) — Saturday afternoon, the Sun Prairie Corn Festival was full of families having a good time and getting their fill of plenty of sweet corn.

That wasn’t the case Friday night as a fight between two teens got out of hand.

“As we were arresting them, all their friends began to surround our officers and were screaming and yelling, dropping a lot of profanities at our officers,” Lt. Kevin Konopacki, with the Sun Prairie Police Department, said.

More than half a dozen Sun Prairie Police Officers were on scene to deal with the nearly 40 people making a scene.

A viewer sent 27 News a video of the aftermath as officers worked to disperse the crowd and calm the event down.

Now Lt. Konopacki says police are making sure the same thing doesn’t happen Saturday night.

“We’re going to really ramp up our enforcement [Saturday night], we’re going to bring in a couple additional officers, and we’re going to assign four more to the park,” he said. “We’re going to really saturate that midway, gonna have a huge presence there.”

For Lt. Konopacki, the corn and making good family memories are the most important parts of the festival.

That’s why he says it’s not an over-exaggeration to have those extra patrols.

While there was no gun involved in the fight, the gun battle on the Beltline Friday, and shootings all over the country recently have made them want to be ready for everything.

“Yeah that’s always going to be in the back of your mind,” he said. “You’re going to prepare for the worst case scenario, and then you rachet down from there.”

At the end of the day he wants people to come out and have a good time, but know that police will be more vigilant than normal.


SUN PRAIRIE (WKOW) — Sun Prairie police responded to a fight Friday night at the annual Sweet Corn Festival in Angell Park.

A fight broke out between a 13-year-old girl and a 15-year-old girl around 9:30 p.m., according to Sun Prairie police.

Police say they were able to break up the fight, resulting in both girls being arrested and banned from the Sweet Corn Festival.

Police also had to remove a large group of teenagers that had formed around the fight.

The 13-year-old girl is facing a charge of disorderly conduct and the 15-year-old is facing charges of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

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