Security Increase at the Fair
Chances are you've made it to the fair this year. Have you noticed more security?
That's because there is more this year.
Sheriff Deputies say the majority of the problems they handle at the fair range from lost kids to lost articles: like wallets, cell phones, and ID's.
But sometimes when you get enough people in one area, problems can happen.
So fair officials decided it was time to beef-up security at the gate and in the park.
“We've beefed up our event staff at the gates and held our gate positions in place longer. So, we keep the hoodlums out. We're not going to let a few people ruin a good time for the rest of the community. So, that's our intent, we are going to get ahead of the game and stay ahead of it,” says Ron Jefferies of the Central States Fair.
There are multiple deputies assigned per night at the fair to keep you safe.
Authorities say with extra security they can respond quicker if there is an incident.
"It's going to happen at a big event like this. So, it's good that we are already here for it, rather than having to have a response time from our other duties and things from around the county that we are doing at this time," says Deputy Jeromy Smith.
Authorities say there haven't been any major incidents at this year’s fair so far.