“Making sure everything is as safe as possible for the fairgoers to come out [and] have a great time,” is a top priority for event officials, according to fair communications director Valerie Morris.
Certified inspectors form the National Association of Amusement Ride Safety are conducting random safety checks on rides this year.
“Every single ride in the fairgrounds is going to be inspected every day,” Morris said.
On Saturday, Thomas Torrence was waiting in line for the ‘OMG!’ ride. A self-proclaimed thrill-seeker Thomas said he isn’t worried about falling out of the ride, but he does have another concern.
“Making sure I don’t puke up my turkey legs,” Thomas said.
His sister Emily was not as confident.
“It does make me a little nervous. Because they take them down, and put them back up every year,” Emily said.
But, her nerves did not stop her.
“I'm just gonna go for it. If I break a leg, whatever. It's cool,” Emily said.
The fair runs through Sept. 10.
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