Guest safety a priority for county fair

  Officials of the Fallon County Fair are implementing procedures for fairgoer safety. One way in particular is a partnership with local emergency responders and safety providers.

By Lori Kesinger

   A huge wind storm last year, which toppled the awning over the petting zoo causing minor injuries, prompted a re-evaluation of emergency protocol at the fairgrounds.

   Earlier this year the fair board met with numerous entities to better understand the policies of emergency response.

   During the fair, supporting individuals will meet daily to stay on top of any anticipated changes in weather or any other safety concerns for fair guests. In addition to weather preparedness, the Fallon County Fair is also taking steps to inform fairgoers where to go if there’s an emergency. Signage has been placed on the buildings for identification which is especially important for out of town guests not familiar with the fairgrounds.

   A new sign above the ticket booth at the grandstands indicates a first aid kit is now available there. A first aid kit is also kept at the livestock barn.

   Elementary students were also given an aerial map of the fairgrounds at the end of the school year in May. The map identifies the three buildings to go to for shelter in case of an emergency – the grandstands, main exhibit hall, and livestock barn.

   Officials say guest safety will be a top priority and these kind of protocols will keep the fair going public informed and able to respond accordingly.