Thousands attend Day 4 of The Big Fresno Fair, police staff increases

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Thousands flooded Day Four of The Big Fresno Fair, especially with rapper Ludacris as Saturday night’s headline concert.

Of course, safety is always top priority and fair organizers are working with police to make sure everyone has a good time.

When the clock strikes 7 p.m., if anyone is under 18 they actually have to be with someone who is 21-years-old or older.

It’s one of the rules implemented last year. As for the concerts, police are fully staffed in and around the fairgrounds, making sure everyone stays safe.

From the big performances to the food, hundreds of thousands from all over the Valley are taking in The Big Fresno Fair.

“It’s the fair and there’s a lot of fair food, so it’s always fun,” said Frankie Gonzalez, a fairgoer from Fresno.

And with big crowds, safety is always high priority.

“The policing here actually swells bigger than one of our policing districts as far as the number of police officers on site and outside the event,” said Lt. Richard Tucker with the Fresno Police Department.

With increased police presence in and around the fairgrounds, they even upped the technology with 58 state of the art security cameras.

“Not the place to try to come and do a crime around the fair,” Tucker said.

Last year the police and fair organizers implemented new policies when going through security as well as children supervision.

Officials said they saw a positive change and applied the same policies again this year. 

“People want to feel that their coming to a safe environment when they come out to spend their money and spend time with their family and friends,” said Stacy Rianda, deputy manager for The Big Fresno Fair. 

Fairgoers said they don’t mind the extra security measures.

“Police present makes us feel reassure that everything’s going to go great, we’ve never had a bad experience at the fresno fair just getting wanded is just nice, a piece of mind there’s extra security here,” said Olga Gonzales, a fairgoer from Visalia.

The fair closes opens again Sunday morning at 10, it runs until October 14.

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