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Fair organizers say more security is in place, but fairgoers say it's not enough

"I would just like to assure everyone that their safety is the utmost concern for us," Bivens said.

Posted: Jul 25, 2021 7:21 PM
Updated: Jul 25, 2021 7:28 PM

LANE COUNTY, Ore.-- After Saturday's shooting at the Lane County Fairgrounds, new safety protocols were put in place for the last day of the Lane County fair. 

Rachel Bivens, assistant fair manager, said they increased security on the grounds. They implemented bag checks at every gate and limited entry points to three instead of five.

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"I would just like to assure everyone that their safety is the utmost concern for us," Bivens said. 

Bivens said refunds are available-- all you need to do is call the Lane County Fair office. 

According to Bivens, they are also offering the community grief counseling for those who were greatly affected by Saturday's incident. 

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Bivens has worked at the county fair for over 17 years and said she's never experienced anything like what happened Saturday. 

"We are so happy to have a fair this year," Bivens said.  "We are pleased to be here and we would love to welcome everyone back today and just go out with just an amazing day filled with joy and laughter and what we are all here for."

Bivens said the reason why they didn't have bag checks in the first place was because of changes in COVID-19 protocols.

"We have been working on protocols to start putting them in place for the future, but due to some of the changes with Covid and things we just weren't sure how it was going to layout this year, and so, it didn't happen." Bivins said.

Many fairgoers said bag checks should not only have been checked more carefully but protocols like these should've been in place before hand. 

Fairgoer Rachael Hecker said security guards only looked at the first layer of people's bags. 

"They just unzipped the top and peered in very quickly, didn't touch anything, didn't move anything to the side" Hecker said. "Anything could've been at the bottom of the bag and they would have never saw it."

Others who spoke with KEZI said this incident may prevent their children from ever coming to the fair again. 

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