Hours before opening the gates at the 2013 Georgia-Carolina State Fair, rides have been assembled and food stands have stocked. Not much has changed in 91 years of operation at the Augusta Fairgrounds.
While other fairs have implemented strict dress codes, the Augusta Exchange Club is not prepared to put the brakes on what patrons can wear while taking in the food and fun.
"We don't have a specific dress code in print. The thing we do insist on is decency. I understand that there's a fair, and it's been in the news, that has come out with some specifics as far as camouflage. We have not done that," says Georgia-Carolina State Fair manager Joe Taylor.
Each year, the fair draws in hundreds of thousands of visitors, but Taylor says the fair hasn't experienced any violence or activities that would warrant precautions like regulating dress codes. He says it's due in large part to the high volume of security at the fair.
"We have probably more police officers and security per capita for the people on this fairground than you will find at any other event in Augusta, Georgia," Taylor says.
Organizers also say that heightened security makes it a safe environment for people of all ages. They don't require adult supervision for older teens and young adults like some fairs.
"We've had some phone calls...people wanting to know if they had to be accompanied by an adult if they were under 18 or under 16. We don't have a specific rule about that, but obviously, it wouldn't be wise for a child to be down here...8-, 10-, 12-year-old without adult supervision.
This fair prides itself on good, clean fun without any problems, so organizers say...come on out and leave your worries at the gate.
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