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Police and firefighters help out during Hodag Country FestSubmitted: 07/11/2018
Story By Thomas Goris

Police and firefighters help out during Hodag Country Fest
RHINELANDER - The thousands of people going to Country Fest this weekend can turn to police and firefighters for help, but for very different reasons.

The Oneida County Sheriff's Office is setting up aid stations throughout festival grounds to help in case of an emergency. 


Each aid station has a radio due to limited cell phone reception at the festival.

Oneida County Captain Tyler Young's best advice for visitors is to stay alert in the sea of people.

"In any type of situation where you're going around and there's a large amount of people, be aware of your surroundings at all times, you have to be responsible for yourself and your own safety," said Young.

The Pine Lake Fire Department is busy helping out in a different way.

The department is selling 21-pound bags of ice for $5 all week.

All money from ice sales benefits the fire department.

Assistant Chief Mike Braun says the best part of the fund raiser is meeting new people from all over the country.

"You get to talk to everybody that comes through, all the out of state people, it's fun to talk to them and get to know them," said Braun.

The fire department expects to sell more than 4,000 bags of ice throughout the week, and raise over $10,000.

The Hodag Country Fest runs from Thursday to Sunday. 


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