State Troopers Gear Up for Footwash Festival Near Uniontown

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By George McDonald

From the West Alabama Newsroom-- The Annual Footwash Festival in near Uniontown is a little more than a week away -- and the Department of Public Safety is gearing up for another year of providing security at the 125 year old event.

State troopers will once again patrol the grounds and monitor traffic at the four-day festival near Uniontown. They'll have a staging area and a command center fully equipped with helicopters - four-wheelers - and even riot gear.

"We do a lot of extensive planning on behalf of the Department of Public Safety to make sure everything is in place for us to carry out our mission," said Capt. Agatha Windsor.  

The festival had gained a reputation as an event where anything goes. The trooper presence at the event over the past few years has helped to tone it down.

"I think it is a wonderful thing that they came down, I say they were God sent," said Footwash Historian Ora Burk.

Troopers say last year's crowd was one of the biggest on record -- but not a single arrest was made.

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