MERCED — The Merced County Sheriff's Department will host a variety of exhibitions at its booth every night at the Merced County Fair, which runs through Sunday.
The exhibitions are scheduled to happen 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the booth, which is just inside the fair's main gate on Martin Luther King Jr. Way.
Tonight, members of the sheriff's dive team will be on hand, displaying equipment including their sonar, as well as talking about their rescue techniques.
On Saturday, SWAT members will be available, and the department's 2010 Lenco Bearcat will be on display. The Bearcat is a tactical armored vehicle used by SWAT officers to respond during emergency situations.
On Sunday, the department's K9 unit will be at the fair, showing the public the specially trained dogs that deputies use to fight crime.
Every year the Sheriff's Department provides primary security at the Merced County Fair.
Deputy Delray Shelton, Merced County sheriff's spokesman, said that up to 30 deputies patrol the fairgrounds, looking for anything suspicious, to ensure a safe time for all at the family-friendly event.
Merced County probation officers assist with security at the fair, while Merced police generally handle law enforcement duties outside of the fair.