DPS makes presence known after state fair fight

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PHOENIX -- DPS officers are making their presence known at the Arizona State Fair after a brawl on Friday night. They are patrolling and reassuring people they are there to keep everyone safe.

Many people at the fair on Saturday were talking about the fight on Friday night.

"It's a little dangerous and sad that that would happen in an environment like here," said parent Tremaine Wilson.

"Kids are kids, and I think it sucked that it happened, but kids are going to be kids. I think if there was more supervision with parents out here that could have been prevented," said Cori Salas.

Captain Deston Coleman with DPS said 35 people got into a fight. Some were even fighting with DPS officers.

It was a brawl Coleman said he's never seen at the fair.

"That's why I always come with my kids, and I don't let them come by themselves,” said Jaime Canfield, a parent.

"The carnival is a safe place,” said Capt. Coleman. "There are plenty of officers here to keep everybody safe. Last night was an anomaly; it doesn't occur every year."

Tremaine Wilson came to the fair with his whole family, and he said fights like the one on Friday should not happen.

"You should be able to come here and enjoy yourself as a family, and not have to worry about getting into trouble like that and maybe somebody getting harmed," said Wilson.

DPS said they want fair goers to have peace of mind.

"Folks who come out here and want to attend the fair can know that we're here and have a safe and happy time while they are at the fairgrounds," said Capt. Coleman.

Captain Coleman said there are around 75 officers walking around the fairgrounds making sure they are visible so that fair goers feel secure.

"We know the cops have everything under control down here. We see a lot of them walking around. We're not worried about that," said Kerrie Molitor, a parent.

"There is a sense of safeness, but there are a lot of people here so anything could happen; but definitely having them here will make things a lot safer," parent Eric Molitor said.

Parents said they'll also be keeping an extra eye on their kids.

"There’s always someone with them. We don’t let them out of our sights basically," said Allen Diaz, a parent at the fair.