McCracken County Fair steps up security

PADUCAH, Ky. (KBSI) – The McCracken County Fair is in town and fair officials and the McCracken County Sheriff’s Department is on its heels to keep the crime rate down.

In recent events around the nation, large crowded areas seem to be the target for mass shootings or high crime rate.

McCracken County Chief Deputy Ryan Norman says the sheriff’s department will have its regular stationed deputies around the perimeter to protect the public.

“Our goal is to keep the public safe and you know that’s why we have deputies out there,” said Chief Deputy Norman.

Anything outside the perimeter of the fair grounds will be dealt with by the Paducah Police Department.

“So far the fair is going great,” Chief Deputy Norman said. “It’s warm. It’s safe out there. We want to make sure it’s safe for kids and for families to be out there.”

Fair Chairman Denice Cicardo says there is a new rule for the fair.

All children under the age of sixteen must be accompanied by an adult or guardian.

Denice Cicardo Chairman of the McCracken County Fair states,

“When you’ve got 600 kids here, with no parents bothering them, is when we have fights, and we have troubles,” said Cicardo. “So the 16 and under rule is to try and keep the fights from happening.”

Normally the fair stays open until 1 a.m., what they call Midnight Magic.

“We have never made it past midnight. Because that’s when the fights all start,” Denice Cicardo continuesd “So we have eliminated midnight magic. We will close at ten o’clock every night this week.”

Another change this year is the use of security cameras around the fair grounds, to see who the perpetrators may be in case a fight breaks out.

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