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Security in Place at Schuylkill County Fair

WAYNE TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- Between devastating weather events and a possible fugitive on the loose nearby, Schuylkill County is facing its fair share of threats. That's why the Schuylkill County Fair is not taking any chances this year.

We spoke with Paul Kennedy, the president of the fair, who also oversees security at the fair and at other fairs in the region. He tells us the fair is on high alert this year.

Pictures of Shawn Christy, a fugitive from McAdoo wanted for threatening President Trump, are posted inside the ticket booths at the Schuylkill County Fair. It's part of the security measures implemented at the fair near Summit Station.

"Our security staff has been briefed and updated. We have members of the sheriff's department on site, and the Pennsylvania State Police have been here and continue to visit with us," Kennedy said.

Folks at the fair tell Newswatch 16 they don't see Christy as a threat to the fair.

"It's good for them to be prepared, but I highly doubt that he would come with all the people looking for him and the nice reward that's on his head," Jessica Geary said.

"As far as Mr. Christy, he's not the only one that we're watching for, but we're being heightened vigilance but to whether it be protecting from vehicles or how we have roads angled or barriers that we have in place or persons that we have in place, so we've changed some things to prevent and protect our patrons," Kennedy explained.

With a large number of families attending the Schuylkill County Fair, officials tell Newswatch 16 they've set up Project Nemo. It places banners throughout the fairgrounds to help children find a safe place if they get separated from their guardian.

"It's a good idea," said Kara Sadusky. "I feel very safe about the kids being here that they know where to look."

"It's nice to know that there's a place for the kids if they get separated from their parents, can find safe volunteers to reunite them with their families," Geary said.

Kennedy says no matter the emergency, the fair is well prepared to take action and keep fairgoers safe.

"I feel like it's very safe here. There's a lot of people around," Sadusky said.

"I feel very safe at the fair. There's a lot of security. We have game commissioners. We have the county commissioners here, so there's plenty of security floating around," Geary added.

Folks we spoke with are thankful for those systems in place.

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6 comments

  • navybluesweatpants

    Will they be focusing on the job-johns? These things are a hot bed for slam-slam and stashing cams. How many generations of roamers were a result of Schuylkill county roamer romps during block parties, fairs, and youth sport tourneys? Can’t station the sgt in arms there even cuz he roams. Ugh, what a sticky situation in da skook, butt. Yous guys outta just let us get that Wendy’s at frackville mall to appease the roamers geeking out about the demolition. Already took the hobo tent city, now this. Sedco rocks tall socks though.

  • lickerblisters

    Isn’t the skook a state fair 365 days a year? According to the news feed on this websight it is. Everyday it’s always skook, skook, skook! Do these people have any morals? Channel 16 should set up a satellite office in this Godforsaken county. They have more apocalyptic activity than Luzerne or Lackawanna counties! #Godsavedaskook!

    • skookamania

      The skook is probably one of the oddest places in America hands down!. And for what reason does the skook have the county fair in summit station. Isn’t that like 12 miles away from Pottsville and 20 plus miles away from Shendo, fracksville, girardsville, Ashland and Mahanoy city; that is where the carnies and street roamers are right? how they even gonna get there; beating feet?

  • skookamania

    I guess the security beef up is for the High demand at the skook fair. Planes are coming in non stop at nearby Zerby airport and maybe the TSA cant keep up with it. Get the security and national guard ready. Is MR Boy George playing in his comeback tour here or is he just invited to the drag-show in girardsville..