Will it happen or not? That was the question Friday regarding a Ku Klux Klan chapter's plan to hold a rally in Lancaster County on Saturday.
The East Coast Knight of the True Invisible Empire, from Rising Sun, Md., posted the event on its website and on the forum Stormfront, which said it would be held in Quarryville, Pa. Calls to the group were not immediately returned.
"This is gonna be one of the biggest cross lightings in a long time. ... This is a family-oriented event, so bring your families," an organizer wrote.
Not so, said the Quarryville Borough Police Chief Kenneth Work.
First, it is not in Quarryville, said Work. The location is listed as Quarryville because it is the only town around. But, saying it will happen in the borough is like saying Upper Darby is part of Philadelphia. The two-and-a-half square mile borough, home to 2,700 residents, will not be the site of the rally, he said.
"If it happens, it will be on a farm somewhere out in the country," he said. There are eight or nine rural townships at the southern end of the county, Work said
"You could probably drive by and not know there is a group meeting back there," he said.
At least one counter-rally will be held, but that will be in Lancaster, 12 miles away from Quarryville, he said.
Secondly, there is no guarentee the event will even go off, the police chief added.
"These things don’t always happen," he said. "Sometimes they fall apart."
And the estimate of 100 to 200 people may just be wishful thinking. The organizers really have no idea how many people will show up, Work said.
"Even if it doesn't happen they have gotten free publicity out of this, which I hate to see," said Work. Google Quarryville and you will see more than a dozen stories about the rally, he said.
He has contacted the District Attorney's gang taskforce and the state police are aware of the posting. But he is not worried about the event and he is not bringing on extra staff, Work said.
"Especially since it is not in Quarryville," he said.