Keeping People Safe At The West Texas Fair & Rodeo

Published 09/08 2013 11:46PM

Updated 09/09 2013 12:03AM

The first weekend of the West Texas Fair & Rodeo was seen as a success with families participating in attractions from live music, rides, food, and animals.

The actual rodeo will take place Tuesday, August 10 where more than 500 performances from 366 cowboys and cowgirls will take place.

According to the Taylor County Expo Center, the event has not seen any major problems, but that doesn't mean they're not prepared. Sergeant Koy Smith's job is to make sure people are safe. He drives around a golf cart patrolling the grounds making sure there are no gang issues, violence, or public intoxication.

Smith says that the event is a family-friendly environment and that trouble should stay out.

General manager of the Expo Center, Rochelle Johnson says she's in constant communication with the sheriff's department if any problem occurs. She also states that undercover officers are scoping the grounds.

Johnsons say they have tightened down on rules this year. Anyone who is causing a disturbance will be removed from the fair grounds immediately.

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