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UPDATE: Gov. calls State Patrol to be at State Fair after mob attacks


MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - Governor Scott Walker has ordered the State Patrol to have extra troopers at the Wisconsin State Fair in West Allis, after the opening night was marred by violence.

Walker spokeswoman Cullen Werwie said the governor reviewed the events from Thursday night – in which at least 24 people were arrested.

Walker’s office said it would continue evaluating the situation. And it would make the adjustments necessary to make parents feel that it’s safe to take their kids to what the governor called “the world’s best fair.”

Meanwhile, the fair says it will no longer let kids under 18 be admitted after 5 p.m. without a parent or guardian who’s at least 21.

State Fair CEO Rick Frenette said he has never implemented such a policy in his 40 years as a fair manager around the country.

Fair officials said Friday that at least 4 people were injured, when large groups of youths swarmed the grounds and the neighborhood outside.

Witnesses said blacks were intimidating and attacking whites for no apparent reason.

A concession worker said it was a “mob mentality” inside the grounds last night. Another witness said 300 people were involved in a fight – and they ran away like a “herd of cattle” when security showed up.

State Fair Police Chief Tom Struebing said two of his seven officers were hospitalized due to the attacks. One had a concussion, and another was hit in the face by a homemade weapon.