Strawberry Festival kicks off

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Police ensure extra security

WATSONVILLE--Workers were busy hauling hay bales into Watsonville Plaza Friday, setting up for the 25th annual Watsonville Strawberry Festival.

The event runs through Sunday. Several roads are closed over the weekend. Anyone who must drive through Watsonville’s downtown corridor is advised to take alternate routes.

Closures include East/West Beach Street from Stoesser Alley to Union Street. Union Street from East Beach Street to Maple Avenue. Peck Street from Union to Main Street. Maple Avenue from Stoesser Alley to Union Street and Main Street from East Lake Avenue to Main Street.

The Watsonville Police Department has ensured there will be additional security for this year's festival, in light of the recent Gilroy Garlic Festival shooting. Officers urge everyone to stay alert and report any suspicious activity.

“I want to encourage you to come out with your families, with your friends to enjoy this community event,” said WPD Chief David Honda. “Don’t let monsters like this dictate how we live our lives.”

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