Yolo County Fair Steps Up Awareness
The Yolo County Fair is reexamining our security policies and safety measures for our guests on the grounds, reflecting our awareness of recent incidents, especially and most recently the Gilroy Garlic Festival. You will see several changes this year, and we hope that they will enhance your time with us.
The first change you will see is our partnership with another California state agency. The California Highway Patrol (CHP) will now lead our security/safety program, with help from other local law enforcement agencies. We believe that this partnership will foster a safe environment here so that everyone will continue to enjoy the longest running free gate fair in California.
We are looking at all areas of the fairgrounds that might be problematic or would possibly be considered such. One way of deterring issues is to wand our guests at entrance gates and check for knives and firearms.Please click here for a complete list of the Prohibited Items for this year’s Fair. We will be screening at both the Gum Avenue and the Gibson Road entrances. These will be the only Fair entrances. The previous entrance on East Street will be for Emergency Vehicle use only.
These new steps may take a little more time to come in and start having fun and corn dogs, but we are doing all we can with multiple wanding lines at each entrance. Although you won’t be able to enter anywhere on the fairgrounds, as in years past, these measures will create a safer experience for all. We hope that all our friends and community members will feel a lot more comfortable from the opening until the closing of the Fair.
Please be patient with us if it takes more time than what you are used to; these extra precautions are necessary to ease tensions that our guests might have about attending larger public events.
The Fair made these plans well before the Gilroy incident, but with that tragedy in mind, we feel it’s even more critical to implement them now. For more information, please feel free to reach out to our office at 530.402.2222 or check our website at www.yolocountyfair.net for updates and schedules for all of the excitement and resources for our County Fair.
Thank you for your continued support of the Yolo County Fair, and we look forward to seeing you all!
Bart F. Vannucci