The Canadian National Exhibition in Toronto was forced to close down earlier than expected Tuesday night because of fighting and overcrowding.
Toronto Police said three people were arrested.
Two 16-year-old youths were charged with assaulting police and a 17-year-old was charged with drug possession.
Tuesday was Youth Day, on it’s website the CNE said it experienced one of it’s busiest nights due to the popularity of Youth Day, which saw the price of admission fall to $6 per person after 5 p.m.
CNE officials said the early closure was a “proactive measure” to curtail overcrowding and ensure the safety of guests.
While officers on horseback and others were deployed to the fairgrounds to dispere the large crowds, police said there was no risk to public safety.
Const. Craig Brister said there were a number of fights inside the grounds but no injuries were reported.
CNE gates usually close at 10 p.m. but attractions and rides will often operate until midnight for those who arrived before the gates closed.
This is the 138th year for the CNE, Canada’s largest fair, which takes place every year at Toronto’s Exhibition Place.
The Western Fair in London is set to begin it’s 140th year next Friday.
Officials in London are also planning a youth day, but it will be different from the CNE version.
The fair runs from Sept. 9-18, but will be closed Monday the 12th and Tuesday the 13th for school tours and agri-programming.
The fair will be open on weekdays from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m., and on weekends from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.