Strong security for Pima County Fair
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Reporter: Cory Marshall
TUCSON(KGUN9-TV)- Typically, when fair time rolls around, fair-fanatics get excited for the thrill rides and fried Oreos -- But this year that may not be the first thing that comes to mind.
One day after the Boston bombings, some potential fair-goers are second-guessing their safety.
Lt. Karl Wooldridge is the Staff Services Commander for the Pima County Sheriff's Department. He also heads fair security. Come Thursday, he will be patrolling the fairgrounds himself.
"We'll have a number of deputy sheriff's at the fair as there are every year. We've actually enhanced the number of deputy sheriff's that we have at the fair this year. [It's] not as a consequence of the Boston incident, but simply in anticipation of the large crowds that we expect," Lt. Woolridge said.
Here's what fair-goers can expect: The Sheriff's Department will have several deputies on site while fair officials have also hired a private security team. Additionally, Lt. Woolridge says bags checks are a possibility.
"Of course, there are plans in place should something like this occur, but there is nothing on the board that should indicate that something like this [will] occur," Lt. Woolridge continued.
Ahead of Thursday's fair open a spokesperson for the Pima County Fair tells 9OYS, "The Pima County Fair has an emergency plan in place to deal with emergencies on a case by case basis."
Fair officials are expecting more than 200,000 attendees during this course of this year's Pima County Fair.