UNIVERSITY CITY, Mo. (KMOV) -- University City Police will hit the streets in full force over Memorial Day weekend. Two active entertainment districts – the Delmar Loop and Fair U City 2012 (www.fairucity.com), will attract thousands of visitors.The crowd, the heat, and past troubles have police on high alert. However, city officials stress that they don’t anticipate any problems.
“Their presence will always be known, and visible, and I think that serves as a great message to everyone coming,” University City Mayor Shelley Welsch said.
A full contigency of officers will be be stationed at the popular Delmar Loop and at Heman Park, the site of Fair U City 2012. The three-day event, which begins Saturday, will feature food,
carnival rides, vendors, and a wide variety of music. Close to 10,000 people attended Fair U City in 2011, the first year of the event.
One of the biggest draws this weekend will be a performance by rap group The St. Lunatics Monday evening.
University City and St. Louis Police stepped up weekend patrols following a melee involving as many as 300 teens in March. Shots were fired on the Delmar Loop, just east of University City city limits.
City leaders from both municipalities have emphasized that the incident was isolated and not a reflection of the Delmar Loop. On the same note, Mayor Welsch said groups like The St. Lunatics won’t attract trouble.
“When we talk about the music at the fair, or the challenges of lots of people in the Loop, that we have to remember that the great, great, great majority who come to the Loop or come to the fair, don't cause any problems,” Welsch said. “And I don't want to get in the habit that when we have young people in our city, we are going to have problems."