Jeffersontown city council votes to change minor policy for Gaslight Festival

Gaslight Festival announces new policy on minors

JEFFERSONTOWN, Ky. (WAVE) - Jeffersontown City Council members announced changes to the Gaslight Festival happening next month.

Council members said the change to the minor policy comes after the recent chaos at the Kentucky State Fair, as well as other situations happening nationally.

“We’re asking basically for the public’s help in monitoring your own children and provide a good atmosphere for everybody,” said Ray Perkins, a Jeffersontown council member.

Growing up in Jeffersontown, Perkins said he has been to a lot of Gaslight Festivals.

“I’ve had a lot of fun at Gaslight when I was a youth,” Perkins said. “I’m not going to act like we were little angels and didn’t do things we weren’t supposed to. But it just seems like they keep pushing the boundaries, you know? How far can they test it? I really have fears that someone could get hurt if we don’t take a proactive approach to this.”

At this year’s Gaslight Festival, anyone under 18 will not be allowed at the event on Friday or Saturday after 7 p.m. unless they have an adult with them.

Council members said the change is meant to keep the event a family-friendly environment.

Jeffersontown Police Assistant Chief Lt. Col. Steve Schmidt said there was a planning meeting about the Gaslight Festival on Tuesday, where they discussed the security changes. He said following the incident at the Kentucky State Fair and local malls, like St. Matthews and Jefferson Mall, implementing curfews for minors, they thought it would be a good idea to make the changes.

“We want everybody here, but we want everybody to have a safe time while they’re here,” Schmidt said. “That’s our main focus: that everybody comes out here and is able to go home safely.”

The Gaslight Festival is scheduled to take place Sept. 13-15.

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