State Fair working to return lost and found items to rightful owners

Jaclyn Brandt

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State Fair working to return lost and found items to rightful owners

CREATED Aug. 23, 2013

MILWAUKEE - Weeks after the Wisconsin State Fair ends, the fairgrounds are empty. No more rides. No more games. No more food on a stick.

But there are hundreds of items left behind by the people who came to State Fair.

More than a million people to came to State Fair Park in 11 days, and a table of items are all that is left of them.

"We had a few hundred items that were turned in," said Chief Jim Bruno with the Wisconsin State Fair Park Police Department.

The department also serves as a hub for all the missing belongings.

There were 319 items lost this year, and they are now whittled down to about 50 cell phones, keys, glasses.

"We're extremely diligent about trying to find the property owners," said Kathleen O’Leary with Wisconsin State Fair.

Fair workers are trying to reconnect people with their lost items. They are using shopping tags, for instance, to hunt for clues.

Police give owners 90 days to reclaim their property. After that, the items that can be used by other people -- glasses, for example -- will be given to charity.

If you think you may have left something behind, give state fair police a call at 414-266-7033.

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