"The Illinois State Fair begins on Friday, Aug. 12, and is expected
to draw thousands of tourists and citizens statewide," Grau said.
"State fairs and parades are an opportunity for families, neighbors
and friends to come together to celebrate. We want them to celebrate
responsibly, which is why we are reminding the public about safety
Due to the cooler temperatures in the forecast, the
fair is expected to draw even larger crowds this year. The Illinois
State Police and Illinois State Fair organizers encourage families
and participants to take advantage of the celebrations with public
safety in mind. Grau stressed the importance of working
cooperatively with fair organizers and local businesses, and
applauded their efforts to make sure public safety plans are well
The Illinois State Police will have more than 150 officers
assigned to the state fair, along with a full complement of
resources and specialized units to provide public safety. The
carnival area will also be closely monitored by surveillance
cameras, along with non-uniformed officers.
The Illinois State Police, along with the Springfield Police
Department and Sangamon County Sheriff's Office, will conduct joint
details outside of Gates 1 and 2 nightly from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. to
closely monitor and enforce public safety issues such as illegal
parking, loitering before and after events, disorderly conduct,
excessive adult alcohol consumption, and illegal alcohol consumption
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The Springfield Fire Department is also prepared for emergency
medical services during the event, and the Red Cross first-aid
station is near the southwest corner of the Emerson Building.
Fairgoers are reminded to stay hydrated.
The central headquarters for state police at the fairgrounds is
behind the Grandstand, and a state police information booth is
across from the midway carnival.
"The state fair is an Illinois tradition and nationally
recognized event, and we want everyone to enjoy the performances and
fairground festivities safely," said Grau.
[Text from file received from
Illinois State Police]