So when the Appalachian Fair comes to town, local emergency response agencies establish mini-stations to keep the peace and handle any medical problems that occur. Washington County/Johnson City EMS is one of those agencies fully equipped and staffed on site, ready to respond to anything.
“We’re out here responding to any medical emergency that might come up out here at the fair. We’e got all the equipment we would on a daily basis,” Sgt. Brandon Archer said. “We can respond to any type of emergency you have, we can transport you or we can treat you here if needed, falls, scraped knees and things like that. Most of the time we'll see things like bee stings, heat exhaustion on the hotter days.”
On weekdays of the fair, six medics are on duty 3 p.m. until 11:30 p.m. On Saturday, the will be seven medics to cover any medical emergencies within the fairgrounds.
As for law enforcement, Washington County Sheriff's deputies and corrections officers are stationed throughout the grounds to ensure everyone stays safe. The sheriff’s office also has a permanent structure on site where people can learn more about what the department does on a daily basis.
Archer said it can get pretty busy responding to calls at the fair, but medics are always at the ready to help anyone in need.