Security has been beefed up at Valleyfair in the wake of the Sept. 22 evacuation of the ValleySCARE Halloween event after multiple fights broke out at the amusement park.
ValleySCARE was shut down early on its first night after multiple fights broke out during the Halloween Haunt — the scary part of ValleySCARE — from Sept. 22 to Oct. 27.
Valleyfair spokeswoman Kelsey Bailey said at the time “incidents” required police assistance and were quickly addressed. The Shakopee Police Department said a bunch of people running through the park made it difficult to control the situation, and “due to the large number of altercations, it was decided to clear the park of all guests."
Shakopee Police Chief Jeff Tate said four police officers and extra private security was added the weekend after the Valleyfair incident, and "will be on hand for the remainder of the haunt." Valleyfair covers the cost of the police officers, Tate said, at a rate of $85 per hour, per officer.
"We met with them and made several suggestions," Tate said via email.
Multiple law enforcement departments including Savage, Edina, Eagan, Bloomington, Apple Valley and Burnsville helped clear the park on Sept. 22 and Highway 101 was temporarily closed as a police helicopter lit up the parking lot. In the end, there were no reported injuries and only three people were cited for minor offenses. Police found no evidence of knives being involved, despite rumors to the contrary.
Valleyfair has metal detectors and security guards; all bags, purses, backpacks and fannypacks are inspected at the door.
Valleyfair hires about 300 people to work at ValleySCARE events.
In May 2017, fights broke out at Valleyfair during “adult night” and help had to be called in from Prior Lake, Savage and Carver County to deal with crowds from about 7 p.m. to midnight. After that incident, Shakopee Police Chief Jeff Tate said he planned to talk to Valleyfair officials “about the future of this or any future 18+ events.”