Increase in visitors for annual state fair leads to added security

PALMER, Alaska (KTUU) Each year, the Alaska State Fair brings out thousands looking for tasty bites, rides and entertainment.

Palmer Police Chief, Lance Ketterling said Palmer has an average population around 7,000 people.

When the state fair is in full force, a sunny day can bring more then 55,000 visitors into the community, according to the chief.

"There's going to be a lot of traffic so every year we just ask people to be patient," Ketterling said.

During the two weeks the fair is up and running, Chief ketterling said his officers don't get any days off to cover patrols in the city limits as well as at the Fair.

"We normally run about 2-3 times our normal staffing for patrol," he said.

The fair has its own internal security officers also patrolling the midways.

Troopers are regularly monitoring drivers on the roads.

Chief Ketterling says the department plans its budget each year to cover the cost of having the officers work during the Fair. He said grants are also available for certain patrols, such as DUI enforcement.

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