Security will be much tighter at this year's Tennessee Valley Fair.

This year, fair goers will be scanned by a metal detector on the way into the fair and they will have a much stricter bag policy, similar to the one at Neyland Stadium.

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Only clear bags or small clutch purses, no larger than 4.5 inches by 6 inches, will be permitted on fairgrounds. If you have a small child, diaper bags will be permitted, and medically necessary bags will also be allowed. All bags will be searched and tagged once they are approved.

Prohibited items:

• Backpacks
• Printed pattern plastic bag
• Cross-body bag
• Fanny pack
• Purses
• Coolers
• Reusable grocery totes
• Mesh bags / Cinch bags
• Duffel bags
• Large tote bags
• Beverage containers
• Camera cases
• Brief cases
• Any bags deemed unsafe by the Knoxville Police Department

"We want to keep that bar high, we want people to feel safe and also make sure there are no lines when coming through," said Marketing Director Abby Suchomski.

The amusement ride inspector Jonathan Brooks also emphasized they've taken all precautions to make sure the the rides run smoothly and safely.

"I actually climbed every piece of the track and checked every bolt myself so everything is good with it and it's an excellent ride," Brooks said about the new ride called Mighty Mouse.

If you have questions about this new policy, please contact the fair office at: 865-215-1471 or

The fair runs September 8-17 at Chilhowee Park in Knoxville.