Organizers finalizing safety & security plans for Louisiana State Fair

In 2021, the Louisiana State Fair will be held Oct. 28 through Nov. 14.
In 2021, the Louisiana State Fair will be held Oct. 28 through Nov. 14.(KSLA)
Published: Oct. 26, 2021 at 2:08 PM CDT
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SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) - The Louisiana State Fair begins at noon Thursday, Oct. 28 and organizers are putting the finishing touches on their plans.

General Manager Chris Giordano said there will be more than 50 rides available.

He also said that the State Fair is ramping up security.

The fair was canceled last year due to COVID-19. Giordano says he wants this time around to feel like normal.

“We hire Shreveport Police Department off-duty officers and they head up all of the security at the State Fair. They have a command center on site that’s staffed 24/7 with a commander.”

On Saturday night, you can expect to see about 35 officers on site.

“On social media, you see a lot of nonsense and such. A lot of it is perception and not real facts, you know, as far as shootings and that kind of stuff. Which obviously there is crime in the city, and we haven’t had shootings at the fair in the past,” said Giordano.

[115th State Fair of Louisiana to take place in late October]

Some say they are concerned about taking their children to the fair.

“I’m concerned about the safety issues because of the violence that we’ve been having. I’m not sure if I’ll be able to take them this year,” said Latonya Thomas.

This will be the 115th year of the fair.

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