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A new curfew policy has been implemented at the Wisconsin State Fair.
A new curfew policy has been implemented at the Wisconsin State Fair.

State Fair imposes curfew policy

In response to incidents that occurred Thursday night, Wisconsin State Fair Park Executive Director Rick Frenette announced a new curfew policy to remain in effect for the remainder of the 2011 Wisconsin State Fair.

"The foremost concern of the management of Wisconsin State Fair is the safety of its fair-goers, volunteers, vendors, exhibitors and employees," Frenette said. "The behavior of certain groups of young people last night is not something we will tolerate.

"The Fair is a family-oriented event and we are acting swiftly to protect the safety of those entering the Fairgrounds for the purpose of enjoying the Fair."

The Youth Parental Guardian Admission Policy is in effect immediately.

  • All youth under the age of eighteen (18) years of age are required to be accompanied by a legal guardian (age 21 or older) to be admitted to the Wisconsin State Fair after 5 p.m.
  • Anyone 18 years or over may be asked to show a valid driver's license or state identification card for proof of age in order to be admitted to the Wisconsin State Fair without a parent or guardian after 5 p.m.
  • Any young adult under 18 without a valid driver's license or state identification card and not accompanied by a parent or guardian will not be admitted after 5 p.m.
  • Exceptions and challenges to this policy will be satisfied at the discretion of State Fair Management.

In addition to the Wisconsin State Fair Park Police Department which has jurisdiction on the fairgrounds, Milwaukee and West Allis police will increase their presence in the surrounding neighborhoods and the Wisconsin State Patrol will be present to assist all agencies throughout the duration of the Fair.

Talkbacks

EastSideMKE | Aug. 9, 2011 at 10:30 a.m. (report)

@Hckyboy00, as a resident of the State of Wisconsin you shouldn't have to avoid any place within the confines of the fairgrounds. It's the State Fair for crying put loud! Do you think there are sketchy areas within the Iowa or Minnesota State Fairs? Of course there aren't, only in this effed up town does something that's supposed to be a wholesome celebration of our state's agricultural heritage attract the ire of Milwaukee's inner city hoodlums. Many Milwaukeeans seem genuinely baffled as to why the rest of the metro/state/region/country has such contempt for our city: it's precisely because of incidents like this.

Why is State Fair even held in Milwaukee in the first place? Milwaukee is closer to Illinois and probably the least agrarian part of the state. Wouldn't Madison (our state capital), Wausau (strategically located in center of the state), or LaCrosse (largest city in the Driftless Region where numerous organic family farms are located) all be better choices than here?

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Hckyboy00 | Aug. 6, 2011 at 2:25 a.m. (report)

i have never taken a CCW class, and i know the answer of 'arm yourself' toes the fine line between stupid and wrong.

The midway after dark has been terrible for years, and so, after dark (well, even during light) i don't go to the midway. Now, i'm not excusing any actions, i'm just saying the best way to avoid a dangerous situation, is to avoid dangerous places.

Back to the idiotic CCW comment. Your wild west mentality is exactly what is wrong with passing a CCW law. Shooting into a crowd of several hundred presents a number of problems. 1) you only have so many bullets, after you run out, you are most likely not simply going to be ghost punched in the face, they will kill you. 2) all you will do is make a very chaotic situation a million times worse, when people who are not part of the mob start hearing gunshots, so choose a different adventure Tex.

It amazes me that this is the second clearly racially motivated mob attacking in the last month, and we still have heard nothing about charges with hate crime modifiers to any of the criminals. City leaders keep talking about 'keeping communication open' and the need to remain peaceful. I wonder how much communication and calm would be called for if a noose showed up on a tree at 50th and Fond Du Lac. Nobody beaten, no cars smashed, no physical violence, no gas station ran sacked, no shoes stolen, but it'd piss a while lot more people off than Mayfair, Riverwest and now State Fair combined. I don't even know who to blame anymore. The people doing the attacking, or the constant lack of retribution by the victims, simply enabling further acts of violence.

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T15 | Aug. 5, 2011 at 2:25 p.m. (report)

Simple, round up 200 of your closest homies and get there at 4:59. If they're already in what are they going to kick you out? Just another example of how black thug kids ruin it for everyone. Arm yourselves.

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Bunderscore | Aug. 5, 2011 at 1:30 p.m. (report)

35781 I was not at State Fair last night (although I was supposed to be), but I want to know how a mob of 100 kids goes unnoticed. How does even a mob of 20 people go unnoticed?
It is unfortunate that these individuals involved in the mob-attack have tarnished State Fair. Hopefully this curfew makes things better, although I find hard to imagine how police and state fair officials are going to be able to ID everybody after 5pm.

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