Traffic & Security Details for 77th Four States Fair & Rodeo

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It is Four States Fair time in Texarkana, and with that comes the traffic of getting in and out of the event. Also, we touch on guidelines for kids 15 years of age and younger. The best advice we can give dealing with all the traffic is to be patient.

Press Release:

The Texarkana Arkansas Police Department would like to release the following information
concerning traffic, safety, and security measures planned by the Texarkana Arkansas Police
Department and Fairgrounds security for the 2022 Fair.
It is recommended non fair traffic avoid Four States Parkway Drive during peak fair hours.
Drivers will experience delays at the intersection of Arkansas Boulevard/Four States Fair
Parkway Drive and Interstate I30/Four States Fair Parkway Drive.
Vehicles may ENTER the Fairgrounds parking area the following ways:
 From the North: Traffic will be pushed down to U of A Way and split into two lanes
until an alternate route is needed at East 46th Street.
 From the South: E 50th into the main parking lot until it is deemed a congested flow
is interfering with traffic and East 50th will then become exit traffic only.

Vehicles may EXIT the parking areas and fairgrounds the following ways:
 Main parking lot will exit on E 50th until a time designated for exit only traffic and
then U of A Way will be turned into exit only with two lanes out. East 46th Street
can be used as exit traffic at the end of the night when this is deemed by the traffic
commander. East 46th Street will be primarily used for vendors and those
participating in the fair as workers, vendors, employees, etc.

 East 50th Street from the main parking lot to Sammy Lane and back west on U of A
Way will also be considered an option for exit traffic if the roadway is passable.
These entry and exit routes are subject to change depending on the traffic volume.
Once the main gates closes, the entry traffic will be stopped for approximately 30 minutes
then reopened for pick up traffic only

In order to deter theft, we urge all patrons to make sure that no purses or bags are left
inside a parked vehicle. Patrons should also ensure that their vehicle doors are locked, and
valuables are secured in the trunk before entering the Fairgrounds. We also suggest that
patrons take the extra time necessary to arrive early and park in the Main Lot nearest the
Rodeo Arena. This parking lot will be patrolled by security and is well lit.

Our goal each year is to make the fair a family-oriented event. Police Officers will have a
zero-tolerance attitude with persons intending to cause trouble inside and outside the fair.
Officers will again be enforcing the city curfew ordinance during the Fair. The curfew
applies to children under the age of 18. The city curfew begins at 11pm Sunday through
Thursday and midnight on Friday and Saturday nights. This means that after the curfew
hour children under the age of 18 must be in the immediate company of a parent or
guardian while on the Fairgrounds property. Any juvenile that is not in the company of an
adult after the set curfew hours is subject to be ticketed for curfew violation.

Pursuant to Fair Association Rules, all persons entering the Fairgrounds property are subject
to be scanned by metal detectors. In addition to this, all bags are subject to be searched by
Fairgrounds security, for weapons and contraband. Due to this it is strongly recommended
that large bags and purses not be brought to the Fairgrounds. Consolidate belongings into
small handbags if necessary.

Youth 15 years of age and younger must be accompanied by a parent or
guardian.
No sagging pants are allowed inside the Fairgrounds. Persons with sagging
pants will not be allowed inside or will be escorted off the premises.
No large groups of unsupervised teens will be allowed to run rampant or
widespread. These groups, when unsupervised, tend to develop unruly
behavior and cause panic among other fair goers.
No weapons are allowed, and violators will be arrested.

If children of any age are left unattended, parents should ensure that the child has
emergency instructions and parent contact information available. Make sure that an adult
can always be reached while children are attending the Fair.

Just a reminder, that when an individual is banned from the Fairgrounds, the banning
remains on that person indefinitely. If that individual is later located on Fairgrounds
property, they will be issued a citation or arrested for criminal trespassing. People who
have been previously banned from the Fairgrounds and would like to receive consideration
to have the banning removed may contact the Fair office at 903-773-2941.

These measures have been put in place to provide the safest environment possible for
visitors to the Fair. The Texarkana Arkansas Police Department hopes that everyone will
have a safe time while at the Fair. Our officers will be on foot inside the Fairgrounds, so feel
free to approach them with any questions or concerns.
Thank you and you can visit the Texarkana Arkansas Police Department online at
http://www.txkusa.org/arkpolice .

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