Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- The South Carolina State Fair has issued tighter admission rules in response to recent incidents of violence.
According to a press release sent Tuesday afternoon, State Fair General Manager Gary Goodman is quoted as saying "The safety and security of our guests is absolutely our top concern. We haven't seen any serious trouble at the fair, and we are determined to keep it that way."
Starting Wednesday, October 16th, anyone under 18 will not be granted admission to the fair after 7PM daily unless accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Anyone over 18 may be asked to present a valid form of identification, as proof of age to be admitted after 7PM.
The Fair's General Manager also reinforced the State Fair's long-standing policy of refusing admission to individuals wearing clothing, jewelry, or accessories "deemed offensive or gang-related." Following the advice of both the Richland County Sheriff's Department and Columbia Police Department, the State Fair includes camouflage clothing and headwear in this ban.
The Fair advises these precautions are intended to prevent or stop illegal and potentially dangerous behavior at the Fair. "We want everyone, young and old, to have a good time, but we have zero tolerance for actions or attitudes that frighten or endanger others. Anyone demonstrating that kind of behavior will be ejected from the Fairgrounds, refused admission, or even, if necessary, placed under arrest."
Finally, the last statement from the SC State Fair:
"The bottom line is straightforward: there is no gray area, and there is no debate: troublemakers and gang members are not welcome at our State Fair."