Any time large numbers of people are coming together, security for yourself and your family should always be a priority.
And this week at the State Fair of West Virginia is no exception.
The state fair usually comes and goes without any major safety issues but that's no reason to let your guard down if you attend.
Jenny McGhee is a mother of three who brought her children to the fair this year for the first time.
She says the key to keeping them safe is communication.
McGhee said, "Tell them where the exits are and who they need to see if they get lost and don't talk to strangers unless I'm holding your hand."
And others agree.
Seth Wilson said, "They [his kids] know what to look for so we try to teach them at home, don't talk to strangers and stuff like that."
State Policemen said the biggest problem area is getting into the fair.
Sgt. T.L Bragg said, "A lot of concerns we have is crossing where the cones are at where a trooper is located instead of crossing further down the road where the trooper doesn't have any control over the traffic."
McGhee said, "We went over the bridge so we didn't even have to cross the street, so go over the bridge its much safer."
Wilson said, "The troopers up here stopped the traffic for us so it wasn't too bad but you do have to watch out, even if you're driving down the road they'll cut you off."
And when you do get inside, don't forget to always be aware of your surroundings, especially with children.
Wilson said, "Make sure they stay in eyesight, make sure they're not running off cause you can't trust people."
Reporting any suspicious activity is the best way you can play a role in keeping everyone safe this week.
Bragg said, "Main thing is remember where the activity was at, find a security person, a trooper, report that so we can check it out and make sure everything is clear."
The state police have an office inside the West Virginia building at the fair if there is something that you would like to report.