LADSON, SC (WCSC) - Four days before the opening of the Coastal Carolina Fair, officials say security measures are in place to keep fairgoers safe.
The Exchange Club of Charleston which runs the fair has hired Charleston County sheriff's deputies to help keep the peace.
"It is my firm belief that I have more security, police officers per square foot gyms any city in South Carolina as far as what we've got out here," fair spokesman Joe Bolchoz said.
Bolchoz said deputies, some who will be undercover will be patrolling the grounds looking for anyone or anything out of line.
He says there will be no metal detectors in use and that signs at the front gate clearly state that no weapons, alcohol, backpacks or coolers are allowed inside.
Bolchoz said one safety and security change this year is that on Friday and Saturday nights the gates will close at 10 p.m.
He says that will allow the ride operators to get more rest for the next day and hopefully discourage anyone who has been out drinking elsewhere from coming to the fair late.