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Safety plan in place ahead of Dublin Irish Festival

Dublin police told 10TV, they have a safety plan in place ahead of the big event. This comes days after a shooting at a California food festival.

DUBLIN, Ohio - The Dublin Irish Festival is kicking off Friday with thousands of people expected to attend.

Dublin police told 10TV they have a safety plan in place ahead of the big event. This comes days after a shooting at a California food festival.

"What happened in California was definitely a tragedy," said Lt. Nick Tabernick with the Dublin Police Department. "We have put a safety plan in place here in the City of Dublin that I am confident will allow the patrons to have a very safe and enjoyable time at our event."

The event runs Aug. 2, 3, and 4. It attracts more than 100,000 guests each year. Organizers have been busy balancing family fun and security.

"We have dozens of officers that will be roving patrols on foot. We also have officers at each entrance gate. At any given time at this festival, we will have between 35 and 40 uniformed officers," Tabernick said.

Officers ask the public to be aware of their surroundings. If you see anything unusual, let them know.

After the California shooting, law enforcement recommended events provide apps at festivals. The Dublin Irish Festival has an app this year. It provides safety alerts as well as performance schedules, maps, and calendars.

For more information, click here.