Quoted from cfh:
Have you ever seen the fire marshal come through pinball Expo? He comes every year. Have I ever seen that at any other showing in the United States? No, never. This is just one example.
There is so much wrong with what I am reading here, it's amazing. Also for the record, I have personally dealt with the fire marshal at MGC every year for the past several years. Every year, we get a punch list from him at around the 11th hour, and we make it all happen - apparently without anyone else noticing.
Rest assured, the fire department, the police department, and the city / county are ever-present at MGC - and it's not always fun. I have little doubt that other shows have their own challenges and stress. It's all about how you deal with that stress.