GREENSBORO, NC -- As fair season arrives so do new laws. A new state law banning sex offenders from fairs went into effect on September 1st.
The new law clears up grey areas of an older law that told sex offenders where they could and couldn't be. Before they couldn't be within 300 feet of a location children typically gather. Now they are specifically banned from arcades, swimming pools, amusement parks and fairs.
But the Guilford County Sheriff's Office said this new law is simply hard to enforce. Deputies say there are more than 900 sex offenders in Guilford County alone and it's hard to tell who is walking around our fairs.
Some North Carolina fairs, like the one in Cabarrus County, put up signs notifying fair goers of the change. But that is not required by this new law. There are no suggestions on how to enforce it.
Fair representatives said local law enforcement is typically in charge of making sure no sex offender enters the fair.
Security for The Dixie Classic Fair, that starts September 30th, is handled by the Winston-Salem Police Department.
The Wake County Sheriff's Office will be in charge of enforcing the new law at this year's North Carolina State Fair.
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