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Posted: Monday, June 10, 2019 3:59 pm

Vandals tipped a number of portable toilets onto their sides during the night at Prairie Village, creating an unhealthy mess for others to clean up.

On Sunday morning, Prairie Village staff and campers at the historical preservation site -- located just west of Madison -- found seven portable toilets, also known as porta-johns or porta-potties, tipped onto their sides. Six of the toilets were located near the site where a bull-riding event was held Friday night.

The vandalism caused human waste to spill out of the capture tanks of the toilets which "...was splashed and smeared in and onto every possible surface and crevice," according to Faron Wahl, Prairie Village manager.

Wahl was busy on Sunday cleaning the unsanitary mess that was caused by vandals and providing information about the vandalism to local law enforcement. Wahl judges that the vandalism occurred between 1-5 a.m. on Sunday.

While the portable toilets appeared to have escaped physical damage, the waste-tank spills created a health hazard because the tanks were not emptied of human waste. The toilets were used by attendees during the Friday night bull-riding competition.

Wahl said there is currently no specific information concerning the identification of the individual(s) responsible for the vandalism. While the damage could typically be attributed to minors, Wahl said certain adults were behaving "less than responsible" during the weekend.

Wahl asked that anyone who may have information about the vandals contact him. The Prairie Village main phone number is 605-256-3644, and its email address is info@prairievillage.org.

He also asked any Prairie Village campers and visitors report any information they might see or hear regarding vandalism or other illegal activities at the preservation park.

Wahl said, "When you're camping with us, please help us with your eyes and ears. Pro-actively discouraging and reporting inappropriate activity lets those few who create the problems know that their fellow campers won't tolerate this."

According to Wahl, 99% of the campers who stay at Prairie Village campsites "...would have no part in such things," such as the weekend's vandalism. Wahl said the staff at the historical preservation site appreciate the visitors who support safe recreation and entertainment events and Prairie Village's efforts to showcase Great Plains history.

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