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By Marcus Huff
Staff Writer 

Washakie County Fair Board looks at safety for 2016 Fair

 

May 11, 2016



WORLAND – The Washakie County Fair Board met Monday evening at the Washakie County Fairgrounds to discuss plans for the fair in late July and early August, and to hear safety concerns from Worland Fire Chief Chris Kocher.

Chief Kocher, with a special interest in the Monster Truck rally to be held Saturday, August 6, advised that extra security and physical barriers should be in place to prohibit bystanders and fairgoers from getting too close to the trucks as they enter and exit the arena. Kocher advised that the only vehicle to be allowed in or out of the area should be the grounds crew, and that the fire department would be stationed at the entrance to limit trespassers, for their own safety.

“The addition of these monster trucks just makes things more dangerous than they already were,” remarked Kocher.

Washakie County Fair Board President Jeff Lapp ensured that barriers had been acquired from the highway department, and no one would be allowed in or out of the area without fair board permission during both the monster truck show, and the tractor pull to be held on July 30.

The board also discussed working in conjunction with the Worland-Ten Sleep Chamber of Commerce and Downtown Merchants Association, to provide monster trucks to the downtown parade and car show on August 6. This would provide the public an opportunity to see the vehicles in a safe location, and help advertise the fair.

Finally, the board agreed on a theme and slogan for the 2016 event, to be used in advertising materials: “Where the road ends, and the fun begins: The Washakie County Fair.”

The Washakie County Fair will be held July 3-August 6 at the Washakie County Fairgrounds.

 
 

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