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SELLING KNIVES, ALCOHOL BANNED AT MIDVALE FESTS

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City Council members hope street celebrations will be safer after the adoption this week of an ordinance banning the vendor sale of firearms, knives and alcohol at such festivities.

The action was sparked by Midvale's annual Cinco de Mayo fiesta this year, a street party that drew thousands and saw people crowd shoulder-to-shoulder on historic Main Street.Councilwoman JoAnn Seghini reported to fellow council members this week that during her visit to the festival she spotted a vendor of "western goods" displaying an assortment of large knives.

"Given the temper of our times, those were potentially dangerous things being sold in a tight crowd, then carried on persons," said Seghini. The rest of the council agreed, unanimously and swiftly adopting the ordinance and bypassing the usual and more lengthy process most law changes go through in Midvale.

Councilman Dave Nicol said the new law was inspired more by potential trouble than past problems. "It's more for the future," said Nicol, noting the city's Harvest Days are Aug. 2-7.

Seghini said the ordinance applies only to booth vendors granted short-term festival licenses and does not affect businesses such as pawn shops or stores that sell alcoholic beverages.