JAY HARE / DOTHAN EAGLE A Dothan Police officer watches the crowd as they cross over Main Street during FosterFest in May, 2016.

Foster Fest, a monthly event that takes place on first Friday evenings through much of the year, has grown from a small gathering to a well-attended happening. And with the congregation of several thousand people, the occasional conflict is inevitable.

At this month’s Foster Fest, police arrested nine people for fighting. Seven of those were juveniles. Most attendees were likely unaware of the incident.

However, that should not be a reason for people to avoid the popular event. Police are sensitive to the family oriented nature of the event, and plan to increase police presence to deter any future dustups.

That’s encouraging. Downtown Dothan has seen resurgence in activity in recent years, and particularly in the last several months, with the addition of new restaurants and businesses that attract foot traffic. Recent arrests aside, the downtown area is arguably as safe as any other well-populated spot in the city.

If you’re on the fence about the next Foster Fest because of what seems to have been an isolated incident, rest assured that local officials have the safety of residents as a top priority.

As for potential troublemakers, behave or be gone.

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