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JazzFest organizers and guests talk about stage safety

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JazzFest is a big event all around, for those who volunteer to work and those who are just there to enjoy it. For nearly a year now, images of concert stages falling to the ground are some we can't let go.

That's why crews at the Sioux Falls JazzFest are doing everything they can to avoid it from  happening.

"It's critical that everyone does their job and do it well. For security to parking to stage hands, it's important in keeping people safe." Rob Joyce said.

And people there to enjoy the event say they're happy with that.

"I'd hate to come here and have something like that happen to me or for me to even see it, it wouldn't be good," Curt Dressen said.

"I'm surprised. Didn't realize those types of things could happen here, I thought they reinforced quite well," Alyssa Vanderwolde said.

And it is. Organizers say this year's stage is rated and tested to withstand winds at or above 40 mph. They're confident it's safe for everyone.

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

This is the event's 21st year and organizers say they're fortunate to have had very few problems. And they're confident in this year's stage and this weekend's weather to keep their concerns pretty low.

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