Fans return to Greater Baton Rouge State Fair
POSTED: Sunday, November 3, 2013 - 8:00pm
UPDATED: Sunday, November 3, 2013 - 8:04pm
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — The Greater Baton Rouge State Fair reopened Sunday afternoon as scheduled, after a shooting happened at the fair Saturday night. Crowds came out for one last day of fun before the fair closed.
Fair officials went back to work trying to help families have fun.
"We're not going to let the actions of one person change what we do at the fair," Cliff Barton, Chairman of the Greater Baton Rouge State Fair Board of Directors, said.
Fair officials said they've never had an incident like Saturday's shooting before.
"Well this is heart breaking for us because we are all about family and fun and clean wholesome entertainment," Barton said.
Officials say they have an emergency plan in place just incase of situations like what happened Saturday.
"Everybody is committed to making this a fun safe experience," Barton explained.
Barton said fair officials are looking at their emergency plan to see if changes need to be made for next year.
"We began to look at the plan that we had in effect see what revisions we could make to make it work. I mean it worked, but we want to try and do more," Barton said.
Fans of the fair say they won't let the incident stop them from enjoying the fair.
"It will make me come out to the fair more," Amanda Givens, fair goer, said. "People should come out, because this is something fun that the kids need to have and enjoy. "
"Unfortunately there is violence wherever we go but we can't let it stop our life and what we want to do and spend time with our family. Quality time that's the most important thing and I won't let anything stop me from doing that," Danielle Johnson, fair goer, said.