Chateau vampire - ValleySCARE

A vampire from The Chateau poses for a photo. The Chateau is the only original attraction left from ValleySCARE’s first season.

Updated 11 a.m. on Sunday

Valleyfair got quite a scare tonight, as the amusement park was evacuated after fights broke out during its annual Halloween event called ValleySCARE, which began Saturday.

Valleyfair spokeswoman Kelsey Bailey said via email that "incidents" required assistance from police and were "quickly addressed."

"There are no reported guest injuries," Bailey said. "The safety of our guests is our top priority."

The Shakopee Police Department released a statement saying they responded to reports of multiple fights.

"The number of individuals running throughout the park increased substantially and was difficult to control. Due to the large number of altercations, it was decided to clear the park of all guests. Officers from Shakopee and surrounding communities ushered out all guests from the park."

Scanner traffic indicated it was a chaotic night, with multiple departments responding, including a helicopter, and Savage, Edina, Eagan, Bloomington, Apple Valley and Burnsville police and Highway 101 closed off and a helicopter lighting up the parking lot amid reports of stampeding crowds spilling out to the surrounding area.

But when the dust cleared, there were no reported injuries and only three people were cited for minor offenses. 

"There have been some comments about a knife being used in a fight, but at this time we have no evidence of any weapons being used in these altercations," the Shakopee police statement said. 

Valleyfair has metal detectors and security guards; all bags, purses, backpacks and fannypacks are checked. 

People at ValleySCARE tweeted that some 50 people were fighting and running and hiding, so the place was shut down around 10:30 p.m. Normally, the park closes at midnight.

Police were not allowing anyone in except parents picking up kids; they were directed to the main gate. At 11:30 p.m., police were holding parents on Highway 101, with an officer saying, "This is the new parking lot." 

Megan Brennhofer was at the park for a friend's bachelorette party when the incident occurred.

"We were in line at the chateau (...) and all of a sudden they cut the music and the security people were running around and they were shoving people out of the buildings," she said.

About five to 10 minutes later, security guards said the entire park was closed and they had to leave. She said they noticed security guards carrying orange objects that resembled rifles and medics carrying large bags of equipment. The evacuation, however, was "pretty calm," she said. 

When they exited the park they were told that multiple fights had broken out.

"To us it seemed like a huge reaction to a fight to shut down the entire park and evacuate all of us," she said.

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."


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