Gates opened for the 11-day event Thursday evening. Identification is required to pass though the gates, and soldiers will also be more visible in front of them.
For the soldiers and families who come inside, the focus will be on fun.
As in years past, the fall fair offers unlimited carnival rides, nightly entertainment and a large selection of international food.
Fort Bragg says it wants to keep the annual Oktoberfest celebration as normal as possible, despite the heightened security around post. Officials say people who have come to the fair before will notice some differences.
"It will be a little bit slower. We've got one access route in and one exit, so that's controlled, and that's different this year," says Rollin Shelton, fair manager.
Security has always been a top priority at Oktoberfest. Shelton hopes families who come to the fair will have a worry-free, good time.
About 40,000 people attend event each year. The fair continues through October 21.
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