TAPD Officers have been on duty all weekend at the Four States Fairgrounds. Saturday we saw unprecedented attendance and after meeting with Fairgrounds management, we learned that the crowd that day was estimated at 20,000 people (and we agree with that number!). We have received a few questions, and some complaints related to the traffic situation that night and we would like to explain a few of those issues. By 8:00pm there were NO AVAILABLE parking spots on any fairground property, including all overflow areas. Bobby Ferguson Park, which is City owned property, was also completely full and several vehicles had already become blocked in due to the owner's decision to park in an un-designated area. Many of our officers have years of experience working events at the Four States Fairgrounds and none of them can recall ever seeing as many vehicles on and around the property. At around 8:20pm the decision was made to not allow any additional vehicles in to the fairgrounds parking areas after they had reached capacity....there was simply no place else to put vehicles. This caused many people who were stuck in traffic to be directed out of the area by traffic officers. While this was very inconvenient for anyone who was caught in the middle of this, the vast majority of those affected took it in stride and either parked outside the area of the fairgrounds and walked in, or simply went home. A few took the opportunity to yell at our officers, and others accelerated recklessly out of the area. By 9:30pm the Fairground management made the decision to close the gates for all entry, and it wasn't until around 11:00pm that we began to notice any significant numbers of people exiting the parking areas. There were no major incidents to report and by all accounts it seemed like those in attendance had a good time. We will be here until the Fair is over, providing security and traffic control. Our officers would love the opportunity to visit with you, and we will answer any questions that we can. Please be patient as we do everything possible to make sure everyone has a good time at this year's event!