Bag checks, extra security on tap at Minnesota State Fair

Published 9:57 am Wednesday, August 17, 2016

FALCON HEIGHTS— The Minnesota State Fair is boosting security screening this year.

The Star Tribune reports that the security staff will search all bags, coolers and other items at all 11 entrances. The fair is also increasing security staffing, boosting video surveillance and restricting some vehicle access.

Fair officials announced the planned security enhancements on Tuesday. The Minnesota State Fair begins Aug. 25 and runs through Labor Day.

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State Fair general manager Jerry Hammer says the new measures aren’t in response to a particular threat.

The fair is bringing on an additional 100 security screeners to perform bag checks at the gates. An express lane will be available for visitors without bags.