The Big Fresno Fair is going strong and security is a top priority. This weekend a new admission police went into affect.
It requires fair-goers under 18 to be accompanied by an adult after a certain time. Police and fair management said it worked, they had no incidents.
Part of the policy, wearing wristbands and folks YourCentralValley spoke to said they’re glad it’s in place.
“It’s about time they had that because of everything that’s going on,” Bea Mendoza, a fair-goer, said.
Mendoza has been attending the Big Fresno Fair with her diamond girls for more than 60 years.
She says she can remember a few times when the crowds got out of hand.
But now there’s a new admission policy, where everyone gets a wristband and a new change for those under 18.
“After 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday evenings you would have to be accompanied by an adult if you’re under the age of 18,” Lauri King, deputy manager for the Big Fresno Fair, said.
King said they have received positive feedback from fair-goers and haven’t had any frustration at the gates.
“We had just tons of positivity at the gate, people telling us this is a great process, thank you,” King said.
Police patrolling the grounds said with more than a half a million people attending the fair, they noticed that the new policy is working.
“Don’t have any incidents to report, we’re rather excited about that,” Lt. Richard Tucker, Fresno Police Department, said.
Tucker said over the years they realized that the majority of disturbances were caused by unsupervised kids.
He said Fresno Police worked with fair management to take safety measures. Tucker said they’re seeing a difference compared to last year.
“What we saw on Friday and Saturday night was really a lot different, there were still kids in here because obviously we want kids in here but we want kids supervised,” Tucker said.
Mendoza said with a stronger police presence, she feels it allows for a more family atmosphere.
“People get to enjoy the fair more without worrying about anything, and that’s good,” Mendoza said.
The fair runs until this Sunday, October 15.
For more information visit: https://www.fresnofair.com/