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Meigs Co. Fair operators share safety methods after Ohio tragedy

Meigs County Fair operators showed us what they do to prevent putting your life on the line. (Image: WTVC)

County and city fairs are kicking off across the country, but after a teenager died on an Ohio State Fair ride, many wonder what ride owners and operators are doing to make sure your family stays safe.

Meigs County Fair operators showed us what they do to prevent putting your life on the line.

It's not a fair without the classic ride, or the favorites.

Danielle Conner took her 3-year-old son to the Meigs County fair for the third time this week. "I've been coming to this fair since I was a kid," says Danielle.

But when she heard about the Ohio State Fair accident, Danielle started thinking twice about some of the sounds she heard at the fair.

"Some of them when you hear the creeks and the cracks, it kinda makes you go hmm."

We asked operators at this year's fair what they do to keep their rides safe.

JD Green owns all of these rides here. He says each one goes through a daily, weekly, and monthly inspection.

"There's a lot more to the safety than just where the passenger sits," says Green. "We check to see the lap bars are closing properly, locking properly."

One of the most popular rides at the Meigs County Fair is called the Tsunami. The safety functions on this ride are a little more high tech. Green says that the button on each seat tells the computer someone is in it.

The ride's computer doesn't allow the operator to start the ride until the green button in the middle is lit. That button only turns on when the shoulder restraint is down and locked.

Green says they have to pass state and federal inspections to run as well, but no matter how proactive you are, he says unfortunately accidents will happen.

Saturday is the last day of the Meigs County Fair. After it is over, they will break down and move down the road to Rhea county.


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