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New security measures to be in place for state fair this year

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New security measures will be in place for the Mississippi State Fair this year.

Along with new security checkpoints and metal detectors, those under a certain age will be required to be accompanied by an adult starting each day at 9 p.m.

Agriculture and Commerce Commissioner Andy Gipson stated IDs will be checked for groups of youth that come to the event.

“This is a family-friendly event, and moms, and dads, and children should be able to come here to enjoy,” Gipson told WLBT.

The increased security measures are due in part to the Mississippi Mud Bug Festival shooting which resulted in six people shot, four hospitalized and one dead.

“It’s very devastating and tragic,” said Hinds County Sheriff Tyree Jones about the Mud Bug Festival shooting. “This is what is to be considered a family-oriented event, for families from all different walks of life to come to a common location to enjoy entertainment and enjoy food… You have the reckless behavior of individuals with no regard for the lives and safety of those attending the event and I think it is a very (cowardly) and selfish act.”

Gipson stated he does not want to discourage the youth from attending but wants to make sure there is an adult is present to add an extra level of accountability.

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