Police: Fair Park to be 'city within a city' with start of State Fair of Texas

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by MARCUS MOORE

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Posted on September 24, 2013 at 2:29 PM

DALLAS -- Security will be tight at this year's State Fair of Texas, which organizers expect will see the largest crowd on record for opening day.

In 2012, visitors spent more than $1 million on the first day of the fair.

Malik Aziz, the commander with the Dallas Police Department in charge of security at the fair, says officers will be strategically placed in and around the fairgrounds. He wouldn't release exact numbers on how many officers, but told News 8 that the State Fair of Texas will be the safest place in the city beginning on opening day.

"Our hope is that something did arise, we would be able to see it with an officer or with a camera that would help us find any person involved in any kind of thing that we would deem inappropriate for the State Fair of Texas," Aziz said during a news conference Tuesday morning.

He said a network of surveillance cameras has been expanded to cover areas that weren't visible on camera before. Aziz also said they are prepared for any situation.

"For 24 days, this becomes a city within a city," he said.

Officials with the fair handed out fliers saying that for security reasons, every driver, vehicle, and trailer will be photographed when leaving the park. Also, some people may be asked to open their trunk or cargo space for inspection.

The fair runs for 24 days, opening on Friday, Sept. 27. A brand new Big Tex is expected to be debuted the same day at 2 p.m.

Admission is $17 for adults, $13 for children and seniors (60 & over). Children under two years old get in for free.

E-mail mmoore@wfaa.com

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