Oshkosh Pub Crawl Concerns
Starting Saturday morning, as many as 5,000 people are expected to crowd the streets of Oshkosh for the semi-annual Oshkosh Pub Crawl. But some neighbors are worried the event is getting out of hand. Video by nbc26.comvideo
OSHKOSH - Starting Saturday morning, as many as 5,000 people are expected to crowd the streets of Oshkosh for the semi-annual Oshkosh Pub Crawl. But some neighbors are worried the event is getting out of hand.
Twice a year every year, Luke Telford gets a front-row seat to the pub crawl action. He says the party gets started early, right on his street.
"Every house up and down this block will be full, with kids out in the yard with beer pong and other games - music and everything else. Not to mention what's going to happen downtown," said Telford.
The official crawl begins at 4PM and ends at 10PM, but Telford says it's difficult to miss the signs of excess drinking all throughout the day and night.
"Anything from public drunkenness, urination - all those other things that are happening right here in our community," said Telford.
"It's really just drinking. It's just a bunch of young kids drinking and having fun," said Kelsi Attar, who's participating in this year's crawl.
But even students who enjoy the crawl admit that things can get rowdy.
"There's been tickets handed for things in public. Sexual things in public. People breaking things, jaywalking - they give tickets out for jaywalking all the time," Attar said.
Telford says it's those kinds of things that have him and his neighbors concerned.
"Girls that are exposing themselves and taking their shirts off and things like that.. men taking advantage.. it really becomes a safety issue," he said.
During the last pub crawl in April, police issued 69 citations and put four people behind bars. This year, they plan to have extra officers on duty to ensure that everyone celebrates responsibly.