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County Fair to Adopt Dress Code Aimed at Curbing Gang Violence



    Marin County to adopt new fair dress code in effort to keep gang activity outside the gates. Jean Elle reports. (Published Wednesday, June 12, 2013)

    It's summer county fair season. But it's not all fun and games.

    The Marin County Board of Supervisors is in the process of adopting a new fair dress code aimed at keeping the peace between gang members.

    Marin County Undersheriff Mike Ridgway told the board he hopes the rules prevent gang members from provoking each other.

    "What we're trying to avoid is a situation where one gang wears or does things that clearly identifies them as members of criminal street gang," he said.

    The ordinance bans things like exposed gang tattoos, gang signs and some colors of clothing.

    The county is considering the measure after a court called another fair's anti-gang rules unconstitutionally vague.

    Now, just a few weeks before the rides roll into town the new dress code is in the process of being finalized.

     "We really want to provide a safe experience for guests," said Jim Farley, fair director.

    The American Civil Liberties Union says it is concerned the dress code will lead to racial profiling.

    Fair organizers say everyone is welcome as long as they follow the rules. The new rules are expected to be adopted next week. The Marin County Fair kicks off July 3rd.