With the recent shooting at a fair in northern California, officials in Bloomington-Normal took time today to talk about their preparations for the McLean County fair that opens on Wednesday morning.
Fair manager Mike Swartz said multiple agencies will be on hand at the McLean County Fair. That includes police from Bloomington, Normal, the county, and a private security form.
For the first time in the fair’s history, there will be random bag checks. While there has never been a active shooter threat at the fair, Bloomington Public Information Officer John Fermon says they are prepared for worse case scenario.
“We always go through constant training, active shooter training, and things like this, large populations, is always something we worry about. There will be tons of police officers out there. Like I said, we try to minimize the risk,” said Fermon.
Fair officials also want the public to do their part and stay safe in the heat by taking breaks and staying hydrated.
Gates open Wednesday at 6am and the fair will run through Sunday. Visit their website for more details.