TYLER – When the East Texas State Fair opens in Tyler on Friday, new regulations will be in place on items allowed to enter the fairgrounds. The new rules, which are designed to keep visitors safe, are similar to rules set by other events, stadiums, and fairgrounds across the country. The fair will be using metal detector wands and bag searches to aid in the enforcement of rules prohibiting potentially hazardous items. These items include: permitted and non-permitted firearms, knives, or other weapons, tobacco, alcohol, illegal drugs, oversized bags, ice chests/coolers, pets, obscene material, unauthorized marketing, drones, hover boards, and non-permitted golf carts. Persons trying to bring any of these items to the fair will not be admitted into the fairgrounds.
In addition, certain bags will now be subject to being searched. This includes: backpacks, drawstring bags, large purses, diaper bags, and tote bags The Fair confirms that registered service animals and other items related to a medical condition are allowed.
The 103rd annual East Texas State Fair begins September 21st and runs through September 30th.