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Iowa music venues respond to deadly Las Vegas shootings

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JONES COUNTY (KWWL) -

The impact of what happened in Las Vegas is starting to be felt by those behind some of the top music attractions in the state.

That's the case in Monticello, where the Jones County Fair is located.  It's a fair that brings big names, especially in country music, to Eastern Iowa. The music venue on the fairgrounds can hold more than 10,000 people.

Jones County Fair General Manager, John Harms, was in Des Moines Monday for state fair meetings. He said the Las Vegas shootings will likely change things for everyone. 

"Safety and security have always been the most important element of our business. The Vegas horror will make everyone in the business of assembling people think about things differently in planning going forward. Our thoughts in the near term are with the families of the victims.  This is a very sad time for humanity..." Harms wrote in a statement.

Country music star, Jason Aldean, was on stage at the Route 91 Harvest music festival when shots rang out, spraying down on concert-goers. Aldean is also scheduled to headline the Jones County Fair in 2018. Though the fair isn't until July, Harms said security changes may already be in the works.

"This will certainly have everyone be thinking of what can be done to improve so this won't happen to them.  We have a great security and law enforcement team that works very hard, and I know the thinking process has started," he wrote.

Hancher Auditorium in Iowa City held a concert outside the same night of the shooting. Close to 4,000 people gathered outside the venue to see Leslie Odom Jr., from the hit Broadway musical, Hamilton.

Hancher management took to Facebook Monday, responding to what happened in Las Vegas.

"After our own beautiful outdoor concert last evening, we are shocked and saddened to learn of the tragedy in Las Vegas. We believe the arts transform lives and bring people together. We know that artistry and community cannot be silenced. But today, we pause to quietly honor the victims of the attack," the post said.

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