Posted: Jul 21, 2013 5:35 PM by Keele Smith - KBZK News
With all the hustle and bustle and all the lights and sounds, it's no wonder kids go missing from the Gallatin County fair every year.
One local official said at fair time, they get dozens of missing children reports.
"At the actual fair, my biggest concern and kind of a safety message is lots of lost little children," said Sgt. Kevin Larson with the Gallatin County Sheriff's Department.
With so many people in one area, it's easy for kids to get lost.
Officials say five kids went missing on Saturday alone - fortunately, all of them were reunited with their families.
All of the rides and games can lead kids to wander off in any direction.
One mom says everything catches the eye of her three-year-old son.
"Animals, toys that are close to his size within two feet off of the ground," said Stacey Lahr. "A lot of commotion or a lot of people being around."
Officials say it's good for families to have a game plan at events like the fair - in case anyone gets lost.
They also suggest holding hands, dressing kids in bright colors or using leashes to keep kids from wandering off.