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Williamson County Fair Safety

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WILLIAMSON, CO., Ill. --  Communities across the region are hosting their annual fairs and with all the excitement, organizers stress safety. 

Hundreds came out to Williamson County Fair's opening day, known as the longest continuous running fair in Illinois. With all the fun, Williamson County Fair President Rick Herring stresses safety.

"I just want to see the families come out and enjoy themselves," Herring said. "Before the fair starts, the bi-county comes in and checks every stand and makes sure every stand is up to their standouts before they pass them."

Health inspectors evaluated vendors, like Gabby & Granny's Kitchen, the day before the fair kicked off.

"The health department approves us cooking outside because the grill is covered," said Leonard Williams, who's been coming to the fair since he was a little boy.

Leornard, "Gabby," and his wife, "Granny," run Gabby & Granny's off Illinois 37.

"If I won't eat it, I won't sell it to you," Leonard said.

They've come out as vendors for nearly 15 years. Every year, Leonard said they take steps to ensure their food is safe to eat.

"In the heat like we have out here, if you don't wash your food, keep it in the refrigerator or in the freezer if it's supposed to be frozen, you extend an easy chance to getting somebody sick," Leonard said.

Organizers also said its very important to keep a close eye on your children.

"The kids, it's just unreal how many kids come out here so really proud of this fair and want to keep it going," Herring said.

So whether it's being cautious with serving food or keeping an eye out for small children, organizers hope to continue the tradition every year, and safely. 

"Kind of like a homecoming, you see people that you haven't seen, some of them since last year, and it's amazing how it's worked into that for a lot of people coming around," Leonard said.

For more information visit the Williamson County Fair's Facebook page.

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