Jackson County Sheriff's Office keeping the fair safe
In an effort to help keep everyone safe at the Jackson County Fair, the Jackson County Sheriff's Office will be patrolling the grounds all weekend.
Deputies on patrol are keeping their eyes peeled for lost and found items and helping separated family members reunite, along with any behavioral problems that might arise - typically situations that involve someone drinking too much alcohol.
"We want this to be a safe and enjoyable experience for everybody," said Sgt. Julie Denney with the Jackson County Sheriff's Office.
The number of deputies on the fair grounds vary but is staffed on a volunteer basis that doesn't conflict with work. Jackson County Sheriff's Office helps at the fair every year, along with any other event that takes place at the Jackson County Expo Center.
Denney explains they have had problems in the past, but nothing too significant. In most cases, a deputy will either ask for the individual to leave or they will leave on their own. However, depending on the situation, if needed, an arrest will be made.
Besides looking for any behavioral problems, helping lost family members reunite is also on their radar. To prevent that from happening, Denney recommends creating a plan.
"It's really important for families to have a plan before they come out here on what to do if they get separated from each other," said Denney.
She also mentions helping at an event like the fair is a great way to interact with the community and says if folks need help, they should not hesitate to ask.