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Security taken seriously this year at Arkansas State Fair
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Security taken seriously this year at Arkansas State Fair


LITTLE ROCK, Ark.(KTHV)- The Arkansas State Fair kicks off Friday and organizers say there will be plenty of security to ensure the safety of visitors.

Around half a million people are expected to pack the fairgrounds in Little Rock over its two-week run and Lt. Carl Minden with the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office says security is a top priority.

"We'll be out in ATVs, golf carts. We'll have the mounted patrol, our horses out."

Lt. Minden with the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office said his department along with Little Rock Police, State Police and 43 private security guards will be spread throughout the fair grounds and its perimeter.

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"Not that we're anticipating problems, it's just to give a presence because wherever there's a crowd people want to come and you want to feel safe, so that's why we're here."

When the midway lights up Friday night, state fair security chief Uriel Johnson says surveillance cameras will power up to record fairgoers' every move.

"We have cameras at all the gates. We have cameras on the midway and they'll all be monitored."

Johnson says security begins at the door, literally. Every person who enters the fair is scanned with a metal detector wand.

Johnson says making sure the fair continues to be a family friendly environment.

"This is one of the most safest places to be in Little Rock because the police who are present here."

Fair officials say police presence will also be increased this year around the exterior sections of the fairgrounds.


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