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JazzFest organizers address stage safety

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With JazzFest here, it takes dozens of workers to set up the stages.

With it being just one year of that string of concert stage collapses, we're talking to JazzFest organizers to make sure the stages here are safe. 

Hundreds were hurt when those stages collapsed in Indiana, Oklahoma and Canada.

The music festival in Sioux Falls is a three-day event, one that brings thousands from across the area.

JazzFest director Rob Joyce says safety is a number one priority.

When it comes to the stage, this year, there's a lot of communication between the stage crew and the National Weather Service to make sure everyone knows what's ahead.

Some of the collapses from 2011 involved straight-line winds and organizers for JazzFest are confident that won't be a problem. However, hiring quality staff and making sure everyone is doing their job to standard is critical.

"We're OK. We have strict standards that we have with crew and the people we deal with. We never want to have a problem like that at JazzFest so we work to try and avoid those problems by hiring quality people," Executive Director Rob Joyce said.

Officials say this particular stage, this year, has been tested and rated to handle winds at or above 40 miles per hour.

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