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KERN COUNTY FAIR: Officials ramping up security

Posted at 6:25 PM, Sep 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-18 21:25:05-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. --- — Expect more police, deputies and various security teams at the Kern County Fair this year.

Kern County Sheriff's Office Sergeant Steve Williams said "the recent mass shootings are obviously at the forefront of people’s minds being that this draws a large crowd. I mean it is a potential target."

Williams added that there are several security measures authorities are adding this year, but didn't specify in an effort to preserve public safety.

Behaviors that will get an event goer kicked out of the fair include, fighting, excessive drinking, verbal or physical assault among any other reason authorities deem appropriate.

Michael Alcott, the fair's CEO said nearly half a million people are expected to attend in total, throughout the course of the fair.

"Expect wanding and metal detectors," Alcott said, adding that "people should be able to feel safe to come onto the grounds.”

All security measures will continue through September 29.