New rule thwarts underage drinking at Clark County Fair

Clark County Deputy Sheriff Nicholas Moody patrols fairgrounds on Wednesday. (PHOTO BY: WDTN/Jake Ryle)

SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WDTN) –It’s a combination that can spell disaster: Underage drinkers, alcohol and one of Clark County’s largest events.

But that combination has been reduced in recent years due to a new rule in place at the Clark County Fair.

Clark County Deputy Sheriff, Nicholas Moody, says if an underage drinker in 4-H is caught with alcohol at the fair – they are arrested, and will have their animals taken away.

“I think it was two years ago we had almost 16 4-H juveniles that were arrested for prohibition. And since then we haven’t had any problems,” Moody said.

Underage drinkers with alcohol at the fair who are not a part of the 4-H club, are subject to arrest.

Deputy Sheriffs have dealt with only one underage drinking issue at the fair this year. Moody says the number of arrests two years ago has helped maintain a police presence in the area.

When cars enter the front gate of the fair, no items or bags are checked. So we wanted to know if the lack of safety precautions has caused any problems.

“We haven’t had any complaints of any firearms or alcohol. It’s really been a great fair this year,” Moody told us.

Deputy Sheriff Moody says he works 12 hour shifts, which are split into two separate stints each day. He says there hasn’t been a decrease in road patrol officers outside of the fair.

“No, we have a lot of jail deputies that are signing up for fair detail,” he said.

With two Deputy Sheriffs patrolling the fairgrounds at all times, Moody tells us in the five years he’s worked the fair, this may be the safest year on record.

“I think our presence is deterring a lot of the underage drinking. The partying in the campers is minimal this year.” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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