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Multiple layers of security at Mid-South Fair to keep families safe

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The Mid-South Fair has officially opened its gates to visitors.

The parking lot surrounding the Landers Center is being transformed into the Mid-South Fair.

Roller coasters and a giant Ferris Wheel are being set up for the first day of fair food, rides, and fun.

This year marks the 160th anniversary of the fair. More than 100,000 people are expected to attend the annual event.

The fair is also complete with a new tool aimed at keeping families safe.

SkyCops have been placed around the fair. There is one at the entrance and one near all the children's rides in Kiddie Land. 

"I'm a grandfather and I don't want my granddaughter running off everywhere," Mid-South Fair Executive Director Michael Doyle said.

In addition, there will be police officers, both in and out of uniform, walking around the fair. That is in addition to the private security that will be in place. 

All security members will be able to communicate through walkie-talkies. But, Doyle knows that in addition to the food, people come to the fair for the rides. He said there are multiple layers to make sure riders are safe.

Doyle said these protections are just another way to make sure what happened at the Delta Fair earlier this month, where 14 riders were injured on the Moonraker when lap bars were released early, will not happen at the Mid-South fair.

"When you go through the name inspectors, then you go through the independent inspectors, and then you have to go through Southaven Fire. That's all before we even open," Doyle said.

The Mid-South Fair opened Friday and runs through October 2.

Click here to view the events scheduled for the fair.

If you are looking to purchase tickets before arriving, you can click here to buy your tickets.

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