Preparations are underway for the 171st Wisconsin State Fair, which begins in two weeks from Thursday. Some of this year’s changes focus on security. State Fair Park’s new CEO, Shari Black, said this year they will have portable barriers at Gate 5, the agriculture gate. Black said these were the same type of barriers purchased for the Waukesha Memorial Day Parade. “We have a lot of traffic coming in with trucks that have trailers and a lot of pedestrian trucks. That’s why we needed it,” Black said. Barriers are designed to stop a vehicle as large as a truck on its tracks. In addition to these barriers, each door will have a metal detector. Also new this year, the fair is also the size of bags allowed. For most guests, nothing larger than a medium-sized handbag or tote will pass. Anything larger than 9x10x12 is allowed inside. Black said he would make exceptions for families with diaper bags or other needs. Black said every bag, regardless of size, will be checked at the gates. “We wanted to make sure to make things as safe as possible, but also to be efficient while we were doing these bag checks,” Black said. “Allow people to enter and enjoy the fair as soon as possible.” The fair starts on August 4 and ends on August 14.

Preparations are underway for the 171st Wisconsin State Fair, which begins in two weeks from Thursday.

Some of the changes this year relate to security.

State Fair Park’s new CEO, Shari Black, said this year they will have portable barriers at Gate 5, the agriculture gate.

Black said these were the same type of barriers purchased for the Waukesha Memorial Day Parade.

“We have a lot of traffic coming in with trucks that have trailers and a lot of pedestrian trucks. That’s why we needed it,” Black said.

Barriers are designed to stop a vehicle as large as a box truck on its tracks.

In addition to these barriers, each gate will have a metal detector.

Another novelty this year, the fair is also the size of authorized bags.

For most guests, nothing larger than a medium-sized handbag or tote bag will pass.

Anything larger than 9x10x12 is allowed inside.

Black said they will make exceptions for families with diaper bags or other needs.

Black said every bag, regardless of size, will be checked at the gates.

“We wanted to make sure to make things as safe as possible, but also to be efficient while we were doing these bag checks,” Black said. “Allow people to enter and enjoy the fair as soon as possible.”

The fair starts on August 4 and ends on August 14.