County leaders gather to discuss Florida State Fair "wilding"

TAMPA, Fla. - Community leaders gathered Tuesday night to discuss a violent evening Feb. 7, when officials abruptly shut down the Florida State Fair.

More than 100 rowdy teenagers were ejected from the fairgrounds after they took part in what law enforcement calls “wilding,” running through the grounds together stealing merchandise and causing damage. Deputies were outnumbered, and later increased their presence dramatically.

County leaders including the Hillsborough County superintendent and sheriff gathered to discuss answers to quell future disruptions.

“Next year if someone comes to the fair intent on in engaging in this type of behavior, they won’t just be facing the Sheriff’s Office, they’re going to be facing the community,” said Sheriff’s Col. Jim Previtera.

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