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Volunteer Horse Patrols Help Keep the Perry Fair Safe
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Enjoy a day at the Georgia National Fair in Perry without worrying about the safety of your car. 

The Middle Georgia Mounted Search and Rescue Group is an organization made up of about 40 volunteers and their horses. 

During the Georgia National Fair, the group gets paid $3,000 to saddle-up and patrol the parking lots ensuring safety and assistance. The shift starts at 6 p.m. and ends at 1 a.m.

"Ever since we started our patrol, there hasn't been any break-ins. That's been a real good boost for us," says co-founder Bill Hammock from Lizella.

The multiple entrances and parking lots that start from A to N require the group to split into teams of two so that every area is covered. The biggest problem the group comes across is when visitors lose sight of their car.

"They're not thinking about where they parked until they get ready to leave. A lot of them will turn around and say, 'Well I can see the clock. You can see the clock from all four exits. That's not going to help a lot. I-75 is a good landmark," says team leader Bill Smith.

Another way to remember your parking space is to look up at lamp posts that identify the lot. 

The volunteer-based group is an organization that helps finding missing persons from large manhunts to locating people with Alzheimer's. 

Contact the Middle Georgia Mounted Search and Rescue group through the police department, sheriff's office, GEMA, and FEMA.

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