MOUNT VERNON — From a law enforcement standpoint, this year’s Knox County Fair was pretty much uneventful and problem free.
According to Capt. David Shaffer of the Knox County Sheriff’s Office, deputies did not encounter any unusual occurrences and said their biggest challenge was the extreme heat during this year’s fair.
Shaffer said their day-to-day activities at the fair were under the direction of Patrol Division Lt. Tom Durbin. The security, traffic and other law enforcement service were provided by deputies on foot, on all-terrain vehicles and in cruisers. Full-time off-duty deputies worked a total of 405 hours and special deputies worked 293 hours during the weeklong event.
Shaffer said deputies responded to 96 complaints, which included reports of displaced children, lost property, kids fighting and a lot of parking complaints. Reports were taken on two minor traffic accidents, two thefts, three disturbances, two assaults and one vandalism. Deputies arrested two people during the fair, one for probation violation and one for domestic violence.
Both Shaffer and Durbin agree that the absence of major problems this year was due to a positive law enforcement presence and lack of alcohol available on the fairgrounds.