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Snoop Dogg at a Country Fair?

News that Snoop Dogg will be performing at this year’s Dixon May Fair has stirred up a debate about the gangster rapper performing at a down-home country fair.

Editor’s Disclaimer: I grew up on Snoop Dogg’s music and I’m a fan of his.

I was sitting in my living room when the press release came into my inbox last night telling of the coming of Snoop Dogg to the May Fair this year.

I told my wife, who was sitting next to me, that the rapper best known for his gangster lyrics, his love of mary jane (mari-ga-wana for those who don’t know) and his tough persona will be performing at a fair best know for being the pride of Dixon.

My wife’s response?

“Does that mean that his career is going down the tubes?” she asked.

I told her no, quite the contrary. If you are being asked to play the you are doing something right. It’s only one of the biggest events in Dixon, and the region for that matter, that draws thousands to Dixon for some fun.

Almost as soon as we reported it on the Patch (thank you Brianna from the Dixon Tribune!) people began commenting, stating their disapproval of the May Fair’s decision to bring in the DoggFather.

One major concern on the pages of the Patch as well as on our Facebook page, is that Snoop will bring a criminal element to the fair and there could be fights, stabbings or even worse, shootings, perpetuated by fans of the gangster rapper.

I put the question to Chief Jon Cox and Solano Sheriff’s Sgt. Walt Gilliam, who along with the May Fair’s private security staff, will be in charge of keeping the May Fair safe as they have done throughout the years.

“I don’t have concerns,” Cox said. “It will obviously result in a need for us to deploy additional personnel, mainly because of the volume. It will be on a Wednesday night. Our biggest impact on the Dixon Police is generally on traffic control.”

The Dixon Police Department patrols the streets surrounding the May Fair and will have some of their officers walking around the fair, but the security at the fair falls largely on the May Fair’s hired private security force and the Solano County Sheriff’s Department.

“I don’t think there are any major concerns,” Gilliam said. “We’ve had a headliner at the fair numerous times. And we run it the same pretty much any time we run it. Dixon May Fair has their own security staff. I don’t foresee any major concern over Snoop Dogg.”

Gilliam said that there have been several rap superstars perform through the years in Solano County, in places such as the county fair held at the Solano County Fairgrounds.

“We’ve had them for years in Solano County fairs and we always take precautionary measures to make sure it all runs safely,” he said. “We’ve never had any major incidents at either Dixon or the Solano County Fair.”

Although Snoop Dogg’s lyrical content may not be for everyone, especially at a family show, the fact that the May Fair hired him to perform is pretty cool.

Not everyone has to buy a ticket, but I think I will. I’ve never seen him in concert.

What about you?

Did the May Fair miss the mark on this performer? Tell us in the comments.

Gary Erwin March 05, 2012 at 07:13 PM
Jim Ernest you hit the nail on the head. I agree 100% with your writings. Let's wait and see what happens.
Fatima Rocha March 05, 2012 at 08:39 PM
It shouldn't matter who comes to the fair... Just as long as everyone has a good time.
Lynn LoPorto March 12, 2012 at 10:31 PM
I was very surprised to see a picture you have posted here of Snoop Dog and the 2 boys. The one boy is my son Carmen LoPorto who was "Jack Manning" of One Life To Live" before the recasted his role. Snoop has been on several episodes of One Life To Live and I must say he was very nice to the cast members especially to my son. I think it is great that he will be at your fair. I hope everyone has a great time!
mizzAmeriKah April 18, 2012 at 03:10 PM
goodmorning &coming from a professional Ballarina I'm African American most people think that Ballarinas r all white it's sometimes emberressing to me that I can dance better then others when I read the comments it reminds me of how prejudice the world is music is a art of mixtures of feeling reality&experiences he basically a musical spokesman transforming how life can b hard with no far education people can learn from his music if you take the time &develope patients &try to listen to the words he has never sent out any wrong messages snoop has never been accused of any adultery he has had the same wife since he started this rap career he is as innocent as innocent can b he also is a citizen of the united states he should b as welcome anywhere as welcome we have welcomed these illegal imagrints&people need to open there eyes there is a such thing as heaven&hell the lord or god does not say o I'd rather my heaven be filled with only black people no he says I welcome all&doesnt matter Wat religion u follow I'm sure ur higher power has said to b god like by people not wanting to welcome snoop is not being good like people need to ask for forgiveness n that nature
Carlos Villatoro April 20, 2012 at 06:00 PM
Friendly reminder to everyone to stay on topic and not attack the people who are having the conversation. Let's be respectful of one another and have a good debate.

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