Safety at Ohio State Fair a priority for law enforcement

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — The state fair is a family affair for so many Ohio families.

Wayne County resident Lisa Shearer says, “My husband and I are here with our three kids.”

There are actually three generations of the Shearer family working in the sheep barn at the Ohio State Fair.

Shearer explains, “This is our family vacation. It is a lot of work, but we don’t go to Disney World or have a boat. We choose to spend our time at the state fair.

Shearer’s children are ages two, four, and eight.  Eight-year-old Brynn spent time bathing and grooming the sheep she will show.  Brynn adds, “’We get them out of their pens, take their blankets off, and then we wash them.”

Lisa Shearer says she is confident her family will remain safe while having a great time, even with the large crowds.  Shearer explains, “It’s a little crazy in our world today and you can’t help but have that thought cross your mind, but you can’t live in fear.”

The Ohio Highway Patrol has been working on their safety plans for months.  The metal detectors are already up.  Large halls have been swept for explosive devices.  Ohio Highway Patrol Public Information Officer Sgt. Vincent Shirey says, “We’ll bring in canines to check for explosive devices and that sort of thing inside the fairgrounds. We need to ensure the safety of everyone inside the fair.”

Skywatch tours are also in place, allowing law enforcement to scour the parking lots as well.  Shirey adds, “We’ll have someone up in there manning that machine. When things happen, anything that would that seems out of the ordinary, we can quickly dispatch a trooper to the area to take care of the situation.”  He tells NBC4 there have been no reported parking lot thefts at the State Fair for the last couple years.

Law enforcement is ready to go, allowing the Shearer family to focus on making memories this July.  Shearer says, “We trust what’s been done and we are here. We are glad to participate.”

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