GASCONADE COUNTY, MO (KTVI)-- Dozens of sheriff’s deputies will be on duty Saturday night at the Gasconade County Fair.
They’re preparing for huge crowds and any possible problems. Hunter Hayes is performing in concert. Many folks say at his young age Hayes is already a country music superstar. Don Aufder Heide is the president of the county fair, “It’s a blessing in probably the amount of revenue were doing.”
This year’s fair is predicted to have the biggest attendance ever. Aufder Heide said, “Basically we lucked out.” They sure did. They were able to book Hunter Hayes just before his popularity exploded. Aufder Heide added, “He got awards everybody started listening to his music he just went big on us.”
13 year old Maria Richardson is a Hayes’ fan, “He’s like the biggest deal he’s bigger than Justin Bieber.”
Fair-goer Jason Sederwall said, “This town is going to see a crowd like they haven’t seen probably ever.”
The sheriff is calling for re-enforcement, more than doubling the number of deputies on duty. Sheriff Randy Epshorst said, “We want to make sure we have all the bases covered so there are no incidents traditionally people at the fair are very well behaved.”
People won’t be allowed to put their lawn chairs wherever they want on the ball field, the concert site, like they usually do. Extra fencing is being brought in and they’ll have triple the amount of ambulances on stand-by.
Wendy Sederwall is a Hunter Hayes fans, “It’s a huge deal it’s going to bring a lot of business into this town an unbelievable amount of people are going to be here.” And Hayes fan Amber Winston summed it up this way, “Extremely exciting like pee in your pants kind of exciting.”
The sheriff doesn’t expect any problems…he says many years during the four day event not one person is arrested, it’s almost problem free. If the fair organizer wanted to book Hunter Hayes today it would probably cost about $250,000. They’d pay about five times what they agreed to when they signed contracts in October for Hayes who is the County Music Association’s Best New Artist of 2012.