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Backpacks banned from Aloft festival

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The new logo of "Aloft" appears on the festival website. (aloft.org) The new logo of "Aloft" appears on the festival website. (aloft.org)
SIMPSONVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

To ensure additional security at the popular Memorial weekend festival Aloft, officials said backpacks will not be allowed.

According to Aloft Executive Director Cindy Nelson, backpacks will not be allowed at the festival that runs from May 24-27 at Heritage Park in Simpsonville.

"While we regret any inconvenience that may happen as the result of the backpack ban, Aloft supports the efforts of law enforcement to keep our attendees secure," Nelson said. "Safety is the most important thing."

The festival has not yet released specific details of the ban, but Nelson said visitors will be allowed to leave the event to get items from their cars.

"If visitors need to access any items from their cars, we'll make it convenient for them to enter and exit the festival with our armbanding system and our free shuttles," Nelson said.

Aloft, formerly known as Freedom Weekend Aloft, is known for the sight of hot air balloons that fill the skies, live music and a myriad of events and activities for the whole family.

This is not the first "backpack ban" that made news recently. The University of Georgia said they would not allow backpacks at their spring graduation ceremony.

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