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Officials working hard behind the scenes to keep everyone safe at NC State Fair

Posted October 19, 2019 12:46 a.m. EDT
Updated October 21, 2019 7:10 p.m. EDT

— With so many people attending the NC State Fair, safety is a top priority for officials in all areas.

Many people will take their families to the fairgrounds this weekend and into next week. So how are officials working to keep you and your loved ones safe while you're there?

Officials work to keep attendees safe at NC State Fair

Fair managers and law enforcement say they have their eyes trained on anything that looks out of place. They mentioned command posts throughout the fairgrounds. Radios are monitored along with several security cameras in parking lots, entryways and other locations at the fairgrounds.

"This gives us a real-time view of these areas in the fairgrounds, but where the real work is done is on the ground," said Kent Yelverton, fair manager.

Outside the fairgrounds, members of the NC State Highway Patrol have the streets controlled, including Blue Ridge Road and Hillsborough Street. There are extra flood lights and crosswalks.

"We have troopers at a lot of our crosswalks so that pedestrians wait for the troopers to say 'OK it’s safe to cross,' making sure traffic is stopped in either direction," said Dana Brown with the NC State Highway Patrol.

Late Friday, the Wake County Sheriff’s Office announced the arrests of three state fair workers. Investigators said charges range from drug possession to intent to sell.

It's just another reminder that law enforcement is out and operating on a ‘zero tolerance’ approach.

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