The recent mass shootings around the nation has now prompted event organizers to rethink their security at public events including the Tulare County Fair.
Tulare County Fair CEO Pamela Fyock told Your Central Valley after the tragedy in Gilroy last week. She knew this family event needed an extra layer of protection.
“There isn’t any vendor or carnival, board of director that doesn’t take it personally because people are coming coming here expecting to be safe. We have a great safety record but we want to ensure it continues,” Fyock said.
The enhanced security will include metal detectors that will be set up at every gate entrance, a new gate will be open at Bardsley Avenue and an expanded number of turn stiles will be available at the Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue gate and K Street gate.
According to Fyock, these changes will help reduce time spent waiting in line.
Anyone found with any type of weapon will be turned away.
“Unfortunately, I believe it is the new norm. You have to stay ahead of it and have to ensure that our guests are safe. We’re the bridge between rural and urban dwellers and we want everyone to come an co-exist and have a good time but have a good time safely,” she said.
120,000 people are expected to attend this year as the fair celebrates it’s 100th anniversary.
“We don’t want any of these tragedies to affect someone’s decision if they’re going to celebrate 100 year anniversary with us,” she said.
Tulare County law enforcement and first responders will be on hand for the Tulare County Fairs 4- day run
The fair kicks off on September 11-15.