North Florida Fair opens its gates to the public

North Florida Fair opens its gates to the public
North Florida Fair opens its gates to the public
Posted at 5:15 PM, Nov 02, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-02 13:57:42-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - The North Florida Fair is finally here and gates have opened. And for today only, all it takes to get in is 75 cents.

120,000 people came to the North Florida Fair last year and the number is expected to grow this year.

On Wednesday, WTXL spoke with Tallahassee Police regarding what plans they had for coverage and suggestions they offered to fair goers. Thursday, we spoke with the executive director of the North County Fair, Mark Harvey, about what their staff is doing.

Harvey told us, they take security seriously each year, adding they have a well trained security staff that is present outside and inside the fair. For them, it's 24 hours 7 days a week kind of job.

Harvey works with local law enforcement and has cameras set up in the parking lots.

"We take the same measures every year," said Harvey. "We hire all private security staff and we contract the local law enforcement. We have security cameras in the parking lots and I myself am a retired law enforcement officer from here in Tallahassee so security is paramount to me."

Harvey is a retired Tallahassee Police lieutenant and has been in charge of the fair for 12 years. In that time he says, they've never had a safety issue and that he keeps up with everything around the fair from security to vendors to the rides

Harvey is confident in the security preparations ahead of the fair and once again anticipates a smooth week for the North Florida Fair.