State Fair’s Past Weekend Safety Concerns

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State Fair’s Past Weekend Safety Concerns

This weekend's past events draws concern to public safety. After the incidents, it was decided that all attendees under the age of 18 must have someone 21 or older with them after 6 p.m.

This weekend's past events draws concern to public safety. After the incidents, it was decided that all attendees under the age of 18 must have someone 21 or older with them after 6 p.m.

Photo by Mark Bridge. Modified and edited by Katie Huffman

This weekend's past events draws concern to public safety. After the incidents, it was decided that all attendees under the age of 18 must have someone 21 or older with them after 6 p.m.

Photo by Mark Bridge. Modified and edited by Katie Huffman

Photo by Mark Bridge. Modified and edited by Katie Huffman

This weekend's past events draws concern to public safety. After the incidents, it was decided that all attendees under the age of 18 must have someone 21 or older with them after 6 p.m.

Hunter Mahoney, Staff Writer

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The Kentucky State Fair is the official state fair held in Louisville, Kentucky at the Exposition Center. It is an 11 day event full of entertainment and fun. All kinds prestigious events happen throughout the week. Around 60,000 people fill the fairgrounds throughout the week. This event is held once a year in late August. 

Just when everyone thought it was a regular fun day at the fair, all hell broke loose with countless numbers of incidents. People thinking this could be their last moments of their lives. Thousands running for their lives full of fear and panic. 

Just the thought of running for your life thinking it could be your last seconds being on this planet is terrifying. Junior Maggie Green was there to experience the whole thing. “It was surreal, I had so much adrenaline going through my body. I just wanted to help anyone I could. Everyone was in shock and scared,” said Green.  

People were being split up and losing their friends. Mullins split up from his friend group and was more worried about finding them and getting out. With thousands of people running it was really easy to be split up from everyone you know. 

While everyone was running people were getting trampled and stepped on. 

Some people weren’t there but still heard about the incidents and were worried about  their friends and family. 

Parents were freaking out after hearing about everything going on at the fair with their kids being their alone. Trying to get in contact with their kids to make sure they were safe. “I’ve never been so worried about my son. Not knowing if he was safe or not,” said a student’s parent, Tina Powell. 

There were reports of shots fired at the fair. Reports of three shots fired and people rioting. People fighting cops and threatening them. 

That wasn’t the only incident that occured that night. Multiple people ganged up on officers threatening to fight or “jump” them. Officers responded with aggressive language and violence. 

Junior Kameron Mullins witnessed this incident break out. “It’s crazy to think people would risk their life for jail time by fighting the cops. The officer in my opinion did what he needed to, so he could defend himself,” said Mullins. 

Watching people fight each other and do dumb stuff really made people realize how messed up this world was. “After seeing people be dumb really made me appreciate what I have in my life,” said Mullins. 

Parents were freaking out after hearing about everything going on at the fair with their kids being their alone. Trying to get in contact with their kids to make sure they were safe. “I’ve never been so worried about my son. Not knowing if he was safe or not,” said Powell. 

The police discovered this was a false alarm and that kids were going around throwing fireworks, yelling “shooter”, but there was a shot fired earlier than when the reports came in. The LMPD currently has the person who shot the one shot in custody and is planning to press charges. 

Even though this wasn’t real and it was a false alarm. People were fearful for their lives. This is a serious matter. With all the shootings going on in the country, this shouldn’t be taken as a joke to anyone. 

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