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Fair restricts free youth tickets after 'wilding'

Fair restricts free youth tickets after 'wilding'

TAMPA, Fla. (TBO.com) — The Florida State Fair, reeling from a rampage involving hundreds of youths on opening night, announced late Tuesday it is taking steps to curb such outbreaks by requiring that any minor presenting a free entry ticket after 7 p.m. be accompanied by an adult.

The move had been discussed by the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Department this week as one possible response to a night of violence Friday that resulted in a dozen arrests and 99 ejections for disorderly conduct, including a 14-year-old boy who later was killed when he was hit by a car crossing Interstate 4 nearby.

“Given the events of last weekend, we are working with the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office to enhance our policies and procedures and increase security throughout the fairgrounds,” Charles Pesano, executive director of the State Fair Authority, said in a statement.

The new restrictions take effect immediately. The fair runs through Feb. 17.

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