Police share safety tips for upcoming Jackson County Fair


JACKSON COUNTY, MI — Being aware of high summer heat and potentially stormy weather is one of the most important things attendees can do to stay safe at the upcoming Jackson County Fairgrounds, police said.

The 2022 fair will take place between Sunday, August 7 and Saturday, August 13, bringing familiar favorite attractions like Fiske Fries, concerts and carnival rides to Jackson County Fairgrounds/Keeley Park, located at 200 W. Ganson St.

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Deputies from the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office will be on hand throughout the seven-day event to ensure patrons are safe and do not endanger themselves and others, Cpt said. . Kevin Hiller.

“We’ve been in the planning pretty much since our last day at the fairgrounds last year,” Hiller said.

Preparation for this year’s event included several months of table-top exercises and training sessions on how to deal with a variety of different scenarios MPs might face, including inclement weather, lost children and rowdy customers, Hiller said.

The sheriff’s department worked closely with fairground manager Denise Owens and Jason Breining, Jackson County’s director of emergency management, to develop those safety procedures, Hiller said.

One of the most common issues deputies face at the fair is the separation of children from their parents, Hiller said. At events like this, lost children will be taken to the Event Police Office, located near the south entrance to the Fair Grounds Grandstand.

This year will see the continuation of a new mandate introduced for last year’s fair, requiring anyone 16 or younger to be accompanied by an adult after 6 p.m. each night of the fair, Hiller said.

Attendees should also be aware of the weather on days they visit the fairgrounds, Hiller said.

“It’s an outdoor event, so you’ll have to deal with constantly changing weather conditions this time of year,” Hiller said. “You may have high winds, thunderstorms and heavy rain that you need to be aware of.”

Staying hydrated during the summer heat is also very important, Hiller said. According to Weather.com, forecasts call for high temperatures between 83 and 86 degrees Fahrenheit for the first six days of the fair.

Doors to the fair are open 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday, 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. Thursday, and 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children 6-10, free for children 5 and under. Admission is $2 on Tuesdays.

More information about the Jackson County Fair can be found on its website.

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