Public Safety Officers geared up for 38th annual Aiken's Makin'

AIKEN, SC (WFXG) - Gates will open Friday at 9A.M. for the 38th annual Aiken's Makin', but the Aiken Department of Public Safety said they've been getting ready since the gates closed last year.

"We're going to have officers down here for 24 hours and we will have a night security force as well," Lt. Karl Odenthal said.

Officers said they'll be around to give directions, help with basic medical needs like first aid and to keep an eye on parking.

"They cannot park on the westbound lane of Park Avenue in-between Chesterfield and Union Street," Lt. Odenthal said.

10 officers plus those normally on patrol in the area will be covering the arts and crafts show.

"We'll have people on patrol, on bikes, in vehicles and perimeter units going around on foot," Lt. Odenthal said.

Officers are asking people to not bring their pets and to know where the ADPS safety station is if you, a friend or family member get separated.

"We're going to have our own command post at York and Park, so if you get lost and separated from one of your party, you can come here and wait," Lt. Odenthal said.

25-30 thousand people are expected to attend the event. For more information, head to

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