What a night, must be the heat.
It's been hot and really humid here for over a week. My wife works second shift at the hospital and was saying that on Friday they had two stabbings and a shooting that sent people to the ER.
Saturday night my daughter, her best friend and the friends fiancee, and his parents went to the county fair for the bump and grind/demo derby. It was still warm and humid even after the sun set.
During the races we witnessed two seperate fights break out in the crowd. The first one was the next section of bleachers over. All of a sudden we heard yelling and saw to guys standing in the aisle yelling at each other. At first I didn't even see the girl because she was very small. She was standing between the two guys, and started to push the one that I assume was not her boyfriend/husband. She seemed to be more agressive than the two guys. Security (more about them later) escorted them outside.
Later as the races were progressing, there was another commotion about 8 rows in front of us. When I noticed it, it appeared that a woman was attacking a man. She basically had a plastic water bottle pressed into the side of his face/neck and somehow managed to drive him about 20 feet out of the row of seats into the aisle. Several other people got up and involved. Security seperated them and talked to the guy that got pushed around for a bit, but seemed to not have much to do with the others.
As far as security goes they were not to useful. The grandstand area has a roof over it but the bleachers next to it does not. Since the weather forcast called for possible showers we made sure to get there an hour before the races started so we would get seats under the roof. During the races they continued to let people into the grandstand instead of directing them to the bleachers. These people had no place to sit so they were continually standing in the aisle and at the stairwell. This made it impossible for those seated to see. I asked one of the security to ask them to move and he said he "didn't have the authority" to make them move. I replied if that was the case what was he getting paid for? This was before the fights started.
Another time a guy behind me asked the security to move people out of the way and got the same response. That guys reply was to tell the security he might as well go home then. I guess we were all a little tense.
I know I shouldn't have been as short as I was with the security but he really wasn't doing anything to keep the aisle and exits clear. When the fights started the two guys that we had talked to didn't do much except call for backup. The only ones that seemed to do anything were a gal that was quite petite but seemed very confident in her abilties and another guy dressed differently that may have been a supervisor. He was dressed all in black while the other wore a grey polo with "security" on the back of the shirt. When I saw the guy on black my first thought was "mall ninja".