"We always try to go every year. The kids love it -- they love the rides," she said.
A frightening scenario unfolded for her family last year once the sun set.
"We usually try to leave before it gets dark, but that was part of the draw of the fair. The lights at night and how pretty it all is," she said.
But the bright lights of the fair, dimmed while the family sat, stuck in traffic outside the fair's main gate.
"There all of a sudden was beating on the car. The kids were scared and crying," she said. "My husband (Tony) got out of the vehicle to see what was going on, and a group of about a dozen men were just banging on the car."
That's when the situation turned serious.
"A man stepped in and offered help, asking what was going on. The men started beating him -- they broke his jaw, he had lacerations on his skull," Kristy said. "My husband tried to help him, and they beat him with the kids inside the car."
The men then snatched Kristy's purse and ran away.
"Before I could even get around to the side of the car to get to Tony, they were gone," she said. "And the thing is -- we had just passed a bunch of officers on horses less than a block away. I never thought him getting out of the car would lead to anything with officers right there."
"We kind of fell in that category of everybody thinks it won't happen to them," she said. "But it did. And the men responsible have never been caught."
Sergeant Andre Dyer, one of roughly 70 law enforcement officers on fair patrol at any given time. There's an inside presence on the fairground complex, and officers patrolling the perimeter.
"There's a lot of us out here," he said. "Pulaski County handles the outside. Little Rock Police and Arkansas State Police are working inside the fairgrounds."
He believes if people are aware of their surroundings, they're likely to be fine.
"You have to be aware of your surroundings even if you're going into the Promenade at Chenal. There's no other place that has this type of presence all looking for the same thing. I'm not saying nothing will ever happen. I'm pretty sure it will. Anything can happen at any time. But the likelihood is a lot less than people think," he said.
Aside from police patrols, security sweeps are conducted at every gate.
"The fair is a family event. We cater to the whole family, and we do make safety a priority," said Head of Fair Security Uriel Johnson.
Johnson added that 46 armed guards are on hand to monitor the midway and parking lots as well.
While there was a time that safety was a precarious situation --- those working security detail said the perception doesn't match up with reality nowadays.
"Back in the late 80's and early 90's things were a lot different," Johnson said. "Everything has changed. We have more bodies on the ground, we have more people working the area."
"People have the misconception that this is a place for gangs' criminal activities to happen," Sgt. Dyer said. "But really, we don't see a lot of that. We're watching for it. Our department's perspective is that as a group -- law enforcement -- our gang is bigger than theirs (gang members'). If someone comes in and wants to cause trouble, they're going to spend a night in a cage while everyone else is having a good time."
But Kristy Price isn't sure the problem is inside the fairgrounds, with her scenario being on the street outside.
"I just don't think that where the fair is located right now, I don't think any amount of security will be enough," she said.
Price said she doesn't want to try and keep people from heading to the fair. She just wants other families to not be knocked off their feet by surprise if something does happen.
"Be aware when you go the possibilities of something bad you think won't happen very easily could," she said. "Do what it takes to stay safe and protect your family. And don't think it can't happen to you. Because it can."