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Law enforcement prepared for record attendance at Western Montana Fair

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Officers are making the rounds on four-wheelers and on foot. (MTN News photo) Officers are making the rounds on four-wheelers and on foot. (MTN News photo)
MISSOULA -

With record attendance expected at the Western Montana Fair, Missoula law enforcement are on their toes keeping the peace.

About 25 representatives from the Missoula Police Department and the Missoula County Sheriff's Office are on site off-and-on for 24-hours-a-day during the week. Officers take shifts patrolling the grounds on foot and on four-wheelers, citing fair goers for violations and looking for suspicious activity. 

Deputies say the biggest and most concerning problem they face during the fair is missing children, and remind parents to be extra diligent in keeping track of the kids. 

Fair Director Emily Bentley says safety is always their top priority and encourages guests to be aware of their surrounds and know where police are stationed throughout the week.

"We have a security office, they should go there if they have any questions about security or if they see anything suspicious. But we attract responsible people and we think it will be a safe and fun fair for everybody," Bentley said.

Bentley also reminds folks that hot temperatures and lots of smoke in the air can lead to health problems, and recommends finding shade, using sunscreen, and keeping hydrated at the fair.

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