Kevin Cokely, NBC 5 News
You'll see more security guards and police officers around the fairgrounds as the State Fair of Texas opens its gates Friday.
Expect to see extra security when the State Fair of Texas opens Friday.
"We've had security, we've had police in the past, it's just important for us to make sure that we are especially careful," said Mitchell Glieber with the State Fair of Texas.
Private security guards at each entrance will once again use hand held metal detectors to check visitors as they enter and will also look through any bags or coolers they have with them.
"We've been looking at ways to make sure that every single avenue is covered," said Glieber.
Dallas police this year will add extra officers at each entrance to keep an eye on the crowds as they enter. Other officers will actively patrol the fairgrounds more frequently.
"We are reminded to be more vigilant to things that look peculiar to police officers and security officers," said Dallas Police Deputy Chief Malik Aziz.
More surveillance cameras have been added throughout Fair Park, and police will be able to watch them both on and off site.
"We're monitoring those cameras daily and we think it effectively help us fight crime," said Aziz.
Unlike the NFL's clear bag policy, the State Fair of Texas will still allow bags and coolers, but strongly suggests leaving anything you don't really need at home. Knives are not allowed inside Fair Park.
"Bring only your necessary items, leave the rest at home or lock them in your trunk," said Aziz.
The State Fair of Texas opens Friday with this year's theme "The One and Only." The new Big Tex will be unveiled Friday afternoon at 2pm, you can watch the unveiling live on NBCDFW.com.