With thousands of people at the fairgrounds this week, it is the Muskingum County Sheriff’s Office’s job to help keep everyone safe.
Deputies are stationed on the midway, at all events and in the parking lots. They also patrol on golf courts throughout the grounds, especially in areas where items are stored overnight.
“We do a lot of patrolling in golf carts around the camping areas. There’s a lot of businesses that have a lot of equipment out here that’s very valuable and so we try to keep track of that for them and make sure you know it’s supposed to be a fun time of the year and we want to make sure that that happens not only for our paying customers but for all of our business owners that are advertising,” says Sheriff Matt Lutz.
Sheriff Lutz says the biggest problem they usually run into is children fighting.
“Not usually big fights or anybody getting hurt really bad. It’s just kids being kids and it is hot here and tempers sometimes tempers flare. So we just try to keep people moving along. Don’t let the big groups group up in the middle of the midways and making sure all of our people that want to enjoy the fair can get through,” he says.
The Sheriff’s Department is also at the fair providing free kids identity cards, to help parents in the event something happens to their child. Parents can bring their kids to have their picture and fingerprint taken at the Sheriff’s tent from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. each day.