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Mankato officials warn concertgoers at RibFest to be 'patient' of trains in the area

RibFest attendees reportedly climbed over rail cars Thursday night, causing delays.

Mankato officials are asking RibFest attendees to be “patient” with trains passing through the area to prevent delays.

According to the Mankato Free Press, concertgoers leaving RibFest climbed over rail cars of a Union Pacific train to get through the area on Thursday night. 

The train had to stall in the area at around 10:30 p.m., blocking people from leaving.

Had the train been able to get through the area, things would have moved faster, officials said.

“The train was ready to move but people were so close to the tracks and the rail cars that they could not go, and we needed to make sure everyone was clear,” Mankato Department of Public Safety Commander Justin Neumann told the Mankato Free Press.

RibFest, which is held at Vetter Stone Amphitheater in Mankato, kicked off Thursday night and will continue through Sunday. 

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