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Deputies Staff Country Music Festival Grounds


A contingent of Oneida county sheriff's deputies are working the Hodag Countryfest grounds in Pine Lake this weekend, as tens of thousands of music fans are here for the annual festival.

Sheriff Grady Hartman says they put as many deputies as possible at the site...

"....we patrol the grounds and we patrol the roads leading into the grounds and the perimeter. We're looking to try and solve problems before they happen and be proactive with our patrols..."

Sheriff Hartman says they typically encounter.....

"....mostly what we deal with is underage drinking get some cooler thefts, disorderly conduct...relatively minor things...we try to keep a lid on it...."

The Oneida County Board annually provides funding for overtime for the sheriff's department, including the funding for the extra hours and benefits for the event.

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