Not all county fairs adding security despite recent scares
17 Jul 2013,
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) - Two close calls at county fairs in Indiana have some fairs in northeast Indiana boosting security, while others believe they have enough security in place to patrol their fairgrounds.
The first scare took place last week, when police found an explosive device at the LaPorte County Fair. That incident put Noble County Fair leaders on heightened alert. Then Monday night, security at that fair found a guest with a mobile meth lab.
\According to Jim Marker, the fair's president, two Noble County Sheriff's Department officers found the meth lab at the gate, before the guest ever made it into the fairgrounds.
"This is a safe place to be," Marker said Tuesday night. "It's Noble County. We have our issues and every other county has their issues too. Our officers are good officers and we got it under control."
Besides officers checking traffic at the gate, they also will search backpacks and other bags that are coming into the fairgrounds. Inside, Marker said their are other Noble County Sheriff's Department officers who are undercover. There are always at least two officers at the fair.