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MudFest Starts, Local Law Enforcement PreparesSubmitted: 05/16/2012

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EAGLE RIVER - Eagle River is home to big events throughout the year, with the snowmobile derby dominating the headlines.

But a new, and maybe even louder event is set to kickoff.

Eagle River Mud Fest gets underway Wednesday night with a Northwoods Idol competition at Eagle Waters Resort.

16 people will compete for the crown.

The battle of the bands starts Thursday night where 10 bands compete for some special prizes.

"The grand prize winner will get a recording session at Madison Media Institute for an EP," MudFest organizer Christopher Inda says. "It's actually a 25,000 dollar value, considering the producers involved. And also the grand prize winner will get to open for Puddle of Mudd, Fuel, and Saliva Saturday night."

The main attraction is Saturday's concert taking place at the Eagle River derby track.

Gates open at 4 o'clock Saturday.

With events like this, there's always safety risks.

That's why local law enforcement is beefing up its staff for the weekend.

Eagle River police chief Mark VanderBloomen says they met with event organizers to discuss traffic, emergency vehicles, and alcohol.

"This is a brand new one, inaugural event," Eagle River Police Chief Mark VanderBloomen says. "We're staffing extra and we'll just keep an eye on how it goes. If its successful and they want to bring it back again next year we'll make adjustments where necessary."

Meanwhile, Vilas County Sheriff Frank Tomlanovich will expand the crew as well.

"We have put on some additional patrol," Tomlanovich says. "A couple two-man cars, both on Friday and Saturday night. As far as the numbers of people, I don't forsee that being a problem."

Both stress having a designated driver if youre drinking.

Chief VanderBloomen also says people need to be aware of extra pedestrian traffic and a large amount of traffic once it ends.

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