LAS VEGAS — Before a fair can take on gangs, they have to acknowledge that they have a problem. This can be the biggest stumbling block for most events, said Martin Svrcek, executive director of the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair in Gaithersburg, Md. Developing a strategy to combat gangs “means you first have to admit that you have a problem,” a task that can be difficult for a fair board to declare and a wary general public to swallow, Svrcek said during a workshop o...

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