The latest terrorist attack in Munich, Germany was far from the minds of those flocking to the California Mid-State Fair in Paso Robles Friday night.
Those we spoke with were looking for good ole-fashioned American fun with family and friends while feeling safe and secure at the same time.
When it comes to large crowds gathering in one public place its hard to beat the California Mid-State Fair in Paso Robles on a Friday night.
“Hometown fun, just a great place to come to”, said Friday night fairgoers Gary and Ginger Kibbe.
“Being silly, eating food, fried twinkies, and friendship, and the concerts”, added Carrie Briscoe and her two friends.
In addition to strict security measures to get into the fairgrounds, there’s a high-profile law enforcement presence everywhere you go inside.
“We came here early but other than that we are good to go”, Carrie Briscoe said, “its safe, we feel happy and totally safe.”
“I heard there’s metal detectors, I think it will be fine”, Gary Kibbe said, “there’s usually a big presence of Sheriff’s deputies here, so I wasn’t worried about it.”
The latest terrorist attack in Munich, or being out amongst a large crowd of people, was not on the minds of those fairgoers we spoke with.
“You can’t live your life in fear”, Carrie Briscoe said, “you have to have fun, and that’s what the Fair is all about.”
“Not here on the Central Coast typically”, Gary Kibbe said, “if we go to places like the Bay Area or L.A., we do, I think about it a lot, but not here.”
“Perhaps its a false sense of security, I’m not sure, but we are a little more insulated than if we were in Los Angeles or San Francisco or other large cities”, added Friday night fairgoer Maria Dwyer, “so I think to go to the Fair in Paso Robles is a little different than going to a Fair in Los Angeles or San Francisco, so I think the perspective is a little different.”