Quit Picking on the Derby Festival (2/15/11) - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Quit Picking on the Derby Festival (2/15/11)

The Derby Festival's announcement that it would fence off a portion of the Great Lawn for this year's Thunder Over Louisville and require entrants to have a Pegasus Pin has generated howls of protest -- all undeserved.

This decision was made only after police and EMS officials expressed concern over security issues caused in recent years by people arriving early and attempting to stake out far more than their fair share of space.

Of course, there are always rabble-rousers who insist on finding evil motives where none exist. One misguided clergyman has even accused the Festival of trying to enrich itself "on the backs of the poor." But that's nonsense.

The price of a Pegasus Pin is just four dollars. And given the extra costs of providing fencing – as well as separate security and portable toilets -- any extra pin sales are unlikely to even cover expenses. Besides, what's wrong with asking people to bear some of the costs for this tremendous community event that's produced every year at no profit?

The restricted area represents less than 10% of the prime viewing space for Thunder on just one side of the river. This is a sensible solution to a serious problem, and the Derby Festival deserves credit, not scorn.

But what do you think? Call and let us know.

I'm Bill Lamb, and that's my…Point of View.

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