HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – You can expect to see more law enforcement officers at this year’s Pennsylvania Farm Show amidst security concerns around the globe following acts of terrorism.
Vendors say they’re not surprised.
“I think that our lives are going to involve greater and greater security as we go on,” Peggy Bell said as she set up her exhibit for the Northwestern Pennsylvania Beekeepers Association. “And I think that the Farm Show is kind of the perfect example of going through life in the midst of it all.”
Homeland Security Director Marcus Brown says this year, that sentiment holds true more than ever.
“You’re going to see a huge number of uniformed officers, from the State Police to the Capitol Police in the area,” Brown said. “You’re also going to see cameras and a great number of security people here.”
Uniformed officers aren’t new to the Farm Show, but their presence will be more obvious. Other security measures won’t be so obvious, like plainclothes officers and more behind-the-scenes intelligence.
“With what we’ve seen at public events around the world and in this country, obviously when we have an event like this in Pennsylvania, we want to make sure that one, the public feels very comfortable coming to the event and two, on the public safety side, that we’re doing all we can do to make sure the event is safe,” Brown said.
It’s as delicate balance. Homeland Security doesn’t want to scare people, either. That part is important to vendors.
That’s why visitors won’t need to be searched when they come through the door. As usual, people with concealed carry permits can bring their guns.
“I don’t think anyone should be discouraged from coming,” Bell said. “I think saying yes to life is the best way to fight terrorism.”
ABC 27 asked Brown how much the extra security will cost. He wouldn’t say.