The Muskingum County Sheriff’s Office is making sure that those who attend this week’s fair have a good time while staying safe.
Sheriff’s deputies are providing 24-hour security for the thousands of attendees in addition to their normal schedules.
Sheriff Matt Lutz said so far this year, things have been quiet, but he expected patrols to increase by the end of the week.
"We haven’t really had a lot of problems. We had to kick out a few people for some minor things on Sunday, and we had, I think, one fight last night that started that didn’t really materialize," said Lutz.
Lutz said he looks at fair week as a chance to get out of the office and interact with people in the community.
"Sometimes, you see people over here that you only get to see once a year, just due to their schedules and my schedule, and so just being out and talking with the public, finding out what is happening in the county and letting them get a chance to see me and and voice any concerns that they might have, so that’s probably one of the best parts," added Lutz.
In addition to security for the fair’s overnight guests, Lutz said patrols play a role in directing traffic both in and out of the fair’s big events.