Sunday, October 2, 2022

Officials say Mississippi State Fair will be safe


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With the start of the Mississippi State Fair two weeks away, officials gathered at the fairgrounds to ensure the public that the event will be safe.

The news conference, which came just months after a deadly shooting occurred at the fairgrounds during the Mississippi Mudbug Festival, featured a number of state and local officials outlining the steps being taken to ensure public safety.

“We are not going to let a few criminals get in the way. We will not let a few bad actors ruin the Mississippi State Fair,” said Agriculture Commissioner Andy Gipson, whose office oversees the fairgrounds. “The Mississippi State Fair will be the safest place in the state.”

State and local law enforcement officials join Agriculture Commissioner Andy Gipson, pictured in a white hat, at the Mississippi State Fairgrounds on Sept. 22, 2022 to detail safety plans for the upcoming state fair, which begins Oct. 6. "The Mississippi State Fair will be the safest place in the state," Gipson said.

Among the new safety measures will be limited hours for unsupervised youth attendance, reductions in the number of entrance points and an increase in law enforcement personnel and coordination.

The fair closes between 10 p.m. and midnight, depending on the night of the week, and after 9 p.m. each night, fairgoers under the age of 21 must be accompanied by an adult over that age. Attendees may be required to present identification to verify their age. Gipson said in past years many incidents at the fair have been committed by teenagers late at night.

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