The Western Carolina State Fair has made some changes in safety in time for the 2017 fair season. The goal is to enhance the safety and security for patrons, vendors and exhibitors attending the fair, which will be held from Friday, October 20 through Sunday, October 29. The most noticeable change will be the addition of walk-through metal detectors at the public entrance to the fair. All patrons, vendors and exhibitors will pass through the detectors before purchasing tickets and entering the fair. Multiple detectors will be in place to ensure that entry is not unnecessarily delayed, and special accommodations will be made for wheelchairs and baby strollers. All packages, bags, pocketbooks, briefcases and persons will be subject to search before fair admittance. Customers will have the opportunity to discard any prohibited items or return the items to their vehicle before entry. Linda Lucas, with Western Carolina State Fair, explains, “The Western Carolina State Fair has always been a wonderful, family-friendly fair. We have been planning the new security additions for months to ensure that entry into the fair runs smoothly.” Certain items are now prohibited at the Western Carolina State Fair including backpacks, fireworks, selfie sticks, pets (except for service animals), clothing or jewelry deemed to be offensive or gang related, drones on the property, and weapons including firearms, ammunition, knives of any kind, and pepper spray. Concealed weapons are also not permitted. The Western Carolina State Fair will continue to use the services of the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office, Fire and Medical First Responders as well as a licensed private security company to provide a safe, family-oriented event for the public.