Parts of the North Dakota State Fair could essentially be considered one big bar...
That is certainly the case for concerts -- and the beer gardens...areas where consumption of alcohol can lead to some situations that call for security.
That's where the Ward County Sheriff's Department comes in.
The department is in charge of security for the nine day event...and Sheriff Steve Kukowski reports that so far, fair-goers for the most part have been well behaved.
Very few calls have been received.
That doesn't mean the authorities aren't prepared.
New this year at the fair is a security camera system that keeps an always watching 'eye in the sky' so that if situations get out of hand, they can be reviewed...
(Steve Kukowski - Ward County Sheriff) "We have met with the Fair staff throughout the year in preparation for the fair and made suggestions to them as to enhancing security not only with physical presence but by putting in cameras and monitoring the crowd. It is tough to see at eye level and by having the camera system up high we can record the situation and get a much more accurate view as to what took place."
Kukowski says it has been a pretty quiet fair when it comes to illegal activity, and the new camera system hasn't been called on yet to help clear up a situation.