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Valleyfair increases security after fight-fueled evacuation

The amusement park in Shakopee was evacuated on Saturday night.

Valleyfair is making changes after numerous fights forced Shakopee police to order an evacuation at the amusement park last Saturday night. 

Shakopee Police Department tells BMTN the fights erupted after "different groups of people moved about the park and bumped into each other."

Minor shoving incidents ensued before growing into arguments and threats, and eventually physical confrontations before police got involved.

The out-of-control fighting prompted Valleyfair to order an evacuation, leaving many park attendees fearing for their safety, although Shakopee officers have received praise on social media for how orderly they kept the clearing of the park. 

"Valleyfair plans on increasing security for the rest of their fall season and have contracted for additional police officers for the park," says Shakopee police Captain Craig Robson. 

Kelsey Bailey, the communications manager at Valleyfair, provided a statement to BMTN about the updated security plans. 

"Safety is our top priority. We are continuously monitoring and re-evaluating our operations to make whatever adjustments are appropriate. In addition, we will continue the strong partnership with local law enforcement agencies to provide a safe and hospitable environment for our guests and associates.

"As referenced in Valleyfair’s park policies and guidelines, Valleyfair does not tolerate guests who fight and/or harass other guests while on our property. People who engage this behavior are subject to being ejected and potentially banned from the park, and may be subject to arrest by local police."

Three people were cited for minor offenses in the Saturday night melee but no injuries or damage to the park was reported.

Saturday was opening day for Valleyfair's Halloween theme in which it transforms into "ValleySCARE." 

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