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Concerns over safety at upcoming concert in Wausau


Wausau's 400 Block has become a popular spot for concerts and events and a well-known performer will take the stage next month. However, some people worry the event won't be safe.

Wednesday's night's Concerts on the Square draw hundreds of people to downtown Wausau each week. 

"This is like the place to be on a Wednesday evening," concert-goer Lizzy Burgess said.

But next month, even more could show up when American Idol finalist Josh Gracin performs on the 400 Block stage.

"I think it's great. It gets it on the map and more people are interested," Dinah Dean of Wausau said.

"I think it's fantastic that Wausau can attract names like that," Burgess told Newsline 9.

But one city council member is worried the space isn't big enough. He said too many people may show up since Gracin is a nationally known singer.

"What happens if it's twice as many people. Then the public starts shutting down streets," council member Romey Wagner said.

Concert organizers said they're working with the city to make sure everyone stays safe.

"Try to bring a chair. We don't want you bringing a whole blanket full of spread like you do on concerts on the square on Wednesday night there may not be room for that but we're confident we'll have enough room for everybody," Pepsi-Cola Mid-Wisconsin Beverage Inc. Sales Manager Scott Campbell said.

Organizers said the purpose of the event is to showcase the 400 Block and give back to central Wisconsin residents. Wagner said he agrees with that, but wants to make sure everyone can enjoy the music safely.

"And it's not that I don't want it there either...I think we'll be using this as a gauge," he said.

The Public Health and Safety Committee voted earlier this week to allow the concert to be held on the square. The issue will now go before the full city council.

Rock the 400 Block is set to take place July 21st and runs from 2pm to 10pm.

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