Kentucky State Fair officials said Monday they are making changes beginning Wednesday, to keep the family-friendly event safe.
The changes come after Saturday’s chaotic moments when, police said, teens caused panic with firecrackers, and someone saying a shot was fired.
It moved Fair officials to meet with police and implement new procedures to reassure families that safety at the annual event is a top priority.
Starting Wednesday, fairgoers under 18 entering after 6 p.m. must be accompanied by a parent or guardian 21 years of age or older, and that guardian must show an ID at the gate. Organizers also are adding increased lighting and law enforcement during peak hours.
“I thought that was horrible,” fairgoer Cheryl Lamm said of Saturday night’s incident. “That was scary.”
Multiple videos of the incident surfaced after police said the teens with firecrackers started the chaos, and false reports were made about an active shooter.