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Respect, safety stressed
Annual fair opens Thursday
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Forsyth County News
Those looking for trouble at the Cumming Country Fair & Festival will have to take their mischief elsewhere.

Scott Burgess, interim chief of the Cumming Police Department, said officers and Forsyth County Sheriff’s deputies will have a strong presence at the annual event, which runs from Thursday to Oct. 18.

The fair, now in its 15th year, drew nearly 108,000 people last year.

Burgess said authorities will be walking and riding around on Polaris vehicles. Some will be in uniform while others will be dressed in plain clothes.

“You never can tell who you’re standing next to in line or as you walk through the park,” he said. “There may be somebody there from us or the sheriff’s department. They’re there to protect you.”

Alcohol and weapons, including pocket knives, will not be allowed in the fairgrounds, which is off Castleberry Road near downtown Cumming.

Burgess said anyone caught spitting from rides will be banned from the property and prosecuted.

“That’s one of the things we have problems with every year and that’s horrible for somebody to be walking down below and be spit upon,” he said.

Burgess said he’s hoping for a good turnout.

“Come out, have a great time and be safe,” he said. “If you see anything happening that’s a crime or you think would place anyone in danger, please find the nearest police officer or deputy sheriff and let them know.”