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Law enforcement working to keep visitors at the fair safe

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Santana Cooper visits fair with her son. Santana Cooper visits fair with her son.

South Georgians are making their annual trip to the Exchange Club Fairgrounds to enjoy all the fair has to offer. 

"Of course I love the fair, every year I come to the fair every year, me and my kids of course," said Santana Cooper, fair attendee.  

The Dougherty County Sheriff's office is in charge of security.  They wouldn't talk to us about their safety plan, but fair organizers say there are plenty of officers on site.  

"We employ approximately 40 police officers, local police officers that are out here helping us maintain safety while out here at the fairgrounds," said Skip Nichols, fair manager.  

The officers have a lot to do to make sure everything goes smoothly.  

"They're cruising the whole entire midway fairgrounds; in the parking lots, we got policemen out on the roads directing traffic," said Nichols.  

Skip Nichols says if parents get separated from their children, they shouldn't worry too much.

"We're pretty acclimated to seeing the child may be wandering around without parent supervision, our exchange ikes, and police officers bring them to our front porch, they sit on the front porch until the parents come by and pick them up," said Nichols.

Santana Cooper brought her children to the fair tonight and is glad officers are making sure they're safe.  

"This is the time to chill with your kids, relax and have a good time with your kids, I feel like anybody with drama shouldn't even be out here and I'm glad that the police are out to supervise and make sure everything goes accordingly," said Cooper.

So that you and your family can have a good and safe time.

For more information about ticket prices and directions to the fair visit http://exchangeclubfair.org/

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