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Rules and Safety at The State Fair

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GREAT FALLS - The 83rd Montana State Fair starts on Friday! While it presents a very fun atmosphere for those who attend, there are times when things can get slightly out of hand.

The State Fair is considered as a fun time for many, but for law enforcement it is one of the busiest.

Cascade County Sheriff Bob Edwards said "it stretches us, and that is why we have partnered with Great Falls Police. So you'll see deputies and police working side by side and that's just so we have enough coverage."

Sheriff Edwards says they will be having standard law enforcement functions at the fair, and several policies from last year will return.

Edwards said that "I did set another zero tolerance policy for the fair when it comes to minor's in possession of alcohol, fighting, disorderly conduct, things like that. If you get caught, you will get cited or taken to jail for your actions."

MIP's were up from the previous year, and authorities will be keeping a close eye on people at this year's fair.

Edwards said "I know were still going to go with the wristbands. So if you're 21 or older and you want to drink alcohol, you go get a wristband, and if we see you without a wristband and have a drink in your hand, we're going to identify you, find out if you're old enough and direct you to get one. Even if you have a wristband and you look underage, we're still probably going to stop and check you."

And to help yourself, try to not to be noticed. "For one don't advertise what you have. I've seen people pull out wads and wads of money. Keep it in your front pocket, separate it somehow, but don't advertise it," said Edwards.

He also said that the same goes for items left in your car telling those choosing to do so to "hide it or make sure nobody can see it." His advice, "have maybe the parents take a picture of the child with their cell phone. So we have a good picture. I'd like to see the parents maybe put a little note in the kid's pocket saying 'if I'm lost, call my mom at this number' type of thing."

On another note, Cascade County Sheriff Bob Edwards wants everyone to know that the Sheriff's Command Station will be in a different location this year.   They will be located in front of the Four Seasons Arena in the open area between the arena and the stadium.


 



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