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St. Louis police address security in preparation for Fair St. Louis

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A private security team has been hired specifically for the Fair St. Louis event. (Credit: KMOV) A private security team has been hired specifically for the Fair St. Louis event. (Credit: KMOV)
The 2018 Fair St. Louis celebration takes place on the Arch grounds. (Credit: KMOV) The 2018 Fair St. Louis celebration takes place on the Arch grounds. (Credit: KMOV)
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

The set-up for the 2018 Fair St. Louis celebration is officially underway.

Roadblocks at Walnut and I-44/55 are already up, preventing anyone from parking near the Arch.

Security will be intense during the three days of Fair St. Louis. Patrols on the Arch grounds will be conducted by the St. Louis police and Fire Departments.

St. Louis Police Department Police Chief John Hayden held a press conference Monday afternoon regarding safety at Fair St. Louis, which begins Wednesday.

“We’re trying to discourage people from doing things that won’t be productive for the safety of everybody,” Hayden said.

Hayden said there will be a strong contingent of officers, some uniformed and some undercover, on patrol during the fair.

National park rangers will also be on-hand. The city has also hired a private security team to handle crowds at each entrance. One thing these groups have been stressing is for attendees not to bring guns.

“We’re certainly discouraging that,” Hayden said of carrying guns at the fair. “It’s going to be a family event, there’s going to be a lot of children out here, and they will be serving alcohol on the premises.”

Though guns are allowed at the fairgrounds because the Gateway Arch is a national park, Chief Hayden is urging people to leave them at home.

“That’s always a bad mix, alcohol and firearms,” Hayden said. “We certainly hope nobody wants to make a point about carrying their firearm.”

With Fair St. Louis returning to the Arch grounds, Hayden also addressed how the location will affect security measures.

“I think the biggest difference is the fact that it’s more confined,” Hayden said of the fairgrounds. “If you compare, the fair at the park was spread out a bit more. So the contained nature of it, I think makes it a little more easier to secure.”

Here is a full list of what you can and cannot bring to Fair STL:

http://www.kmov.com/story/38558173/headed-to-fair-st-louis-heres-a-list-of-things-you-can-and-cannot-bring

The 4th of July parade starts Wednesday at 9:30 a.m.

Floats and other participants start at 20th and Market streets and head east to Broadway.

Anyone unable to make it in person can always watch it at home on Channel 4 or on the KMOV social media platforms.

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