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Iowa State Fair offers tracking device for parents

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- The Iowa State Fair is offering a new tool for parents looking to keep track of their children at the sprawling fairgrounds.

The Secur-a-pal is a tracking device that's small enough to fit in a child's pocket or on a belt loop.

If the child becomes lost, they can press a button and send a text message that gives their location.

Parents with smart phones can also have the device use GPS to give the child's exact location.

Fair spokeswoman Lori Chappell suggests that the tracking device can also be used for people bringing elderly guests.

The device will cost $10.

Organizers are estimating more than 1 million people will attend the fair later this month.

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