Mid-State Fair

California Mid-State Fair boosts security measures

The annual California Mid-State Fair is held at the Paso Robles Event Center.
The annual California Mid-State Fair is held at the Paso Robles Event Center. jjohnston@thetribunenews.com

Heading to the California Mid-State Fair this week? Leave your pocket knife at home.

All visitors, vendors and contractors will be required to pass through metal detectors before entering the Paso Robles Event Center to ensure they’re not carrying any weapons, said Tom Keffury, who handles sponsorships and publicity at the fair.

In addition, event staff will use hand wands to screen those entering the fairgrounds.

Eventgoers will be asked to empty their pockets of metal objects before the wands are used, Keffury said, but will be able to retrieve their possessions afterward.

Keffury said folks who refuse to be screened will not be allowed on the fairgrounds.

“Metal detection at the fair will deter unwanted and unsafe activities from taking place on our property,” said new fair CEO Michael Bradley, who took over the position in May.

Keffury said the new safety measures were not inspired by any particular event but are in response to shifting security concerns around the globe.

Because of the screenings, fair officials recommend arriving earlier for events than in previous years.

The California Mid-State Fair runs Wednesday through July 31 at the Paso Robles Event Center, 2198 Riverside Ave. in Paso Robles. For more information, call 800-909-FAIR (3247) or visit www.midstatefair.com.