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November 8, 2012

Police to watch over runners, revelers at Rebel Race

Mayor promises 'close eye' on obstacle courses, party


Mayor James Fiorentini said he asked police to keep a “close eye” on the event and to take “whatever action is necessary to make certain that the public and neighbors are protected.”

“After the event, we will evaluate so that our involvement in future events can be handled more efficiently,” the mayor said.

Tyler Kimball, a veteran Haverhill firefighter and the local farmer hosting the event, said he’ll be monitoring activity on his property closely to make sure there are no problems.

“I have to make sure this goes well because we don’t want to ruin it for anyone else who wants to do something like this in Haverhill in the future,” Kimball said yesterday. “Everything is ready to go. It’s going to be a great time for everyone and believe me, there aren’t going to be any problems.”

Kimball said there is easily room on his farm for 1,000 cars and that the nearest homes are a good distance from the camping and entertainment areas. He said he anticipates at least 150 people camping in tents in a field on his property tonight and tomorrow. He said drinking of alcohol will be limited to a one-acre area in the southwest corner of the property.

Kimball said he will also offer other activities on his farm for event participants and the general public tonight and tomorrow, including a corn maze and haunted hayride.

Police Sgt. Dana Burrill said the department’s concerns about the event focus on the camping, parking, noise and other potential impacts to neighbors. In light of those concerns, the License Commission ordered several conditions on the event, including that parking is prohibited on East Broadway, that all music stop by 6 p.m. Saturday, and that organizers hire the three city police officers to augment their own security efforts.

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