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CHP is prepping for Siskiyou Golden Fair with 'highest level of security'

After the past few weeks of tragedies including three different mass shootings, CHP is working closely with the Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office to provide the highest level of security.

Posted: Aug 6, 2019 7:43 PM
Updated: Aug 7, 2019 10:16 AM

YREKA, Calif. -- Wednesday is the kick-off of the Siskiyou Golden Fair. This year marks the 160th year. A lot has changed since the first fair, including security measures. After a weekend of more mass shootings across the country, CHP is stepping up their security this week at the fair.

CHP officers told NewsWatch12 they're upping security in several ways, not every way can be revealed to the public, but more officers will be there than previous years.

"Security has changed over the years just based on current event," Shawn Gordon, CHP Yreka State Services Program Officer, said. 

Less than two weeks ago at California's annual Gilroy Garlic Festival a 19-year-old opened fire and killed three people. Now CHP is working closely with the Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office to provide the highest level of security.

Gordon said, "We've met prior to the event and discussed security measures that we want to take for this year so that we can keep everybody safe so everybody can have a good time."

New security measures will start at the front gate.

"We want people to remember that they are subject to bag checks, we will have metal detector wands that will be used this year," he said. 

There's also a list of prohibited items you can't bring inside such as drugs, alcohol and knives with blades more than five inches.

Cliff Munson, CEO of Siskiyou Golden Fairgrounds, "We do everything to be as positive as possible."

Munson and Officer Gordon said they don't want people to be scared to come to the fair. These measures are in place as a precaution to keep everyone safe.

"We wanna make sure that people understand that we're not just idling standing by," Gordon said.

This is Siskiyou Golden Fair's 160th birthday and Munson just wants everyone to have a good time.

"We have about 30 rides and about 10 of those are the major rides that adults want to ride, we have 5,000 competitor exhibits counting photography, still art, baked goods, floral, all of that," Munson said. "It's down at the front and we have a whole building full of several thousands of those exhibits, and 1,100 animals."

The fair goes until Sunday. It costs $7 to get in, kids 7 and under get in for free every day. Every day there's a different special:

Wednesday: two dollar day, so everyone gets in for just two dollars

Thursdy: kids day, kids 12 and under get in free

Friday: if you're 62 or older, you get in for free

Saturday: all military and veterans get in for free

Sunday: family day, so everyone can get in for free

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