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Ride safety top of mind as Washington Co. Fair gets underway

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Safety was top of mind as the Washington County Fair opened Thursday following a deadly incident on a carnival ride at the Ohio State Fair Wednesday.

The ride that malfunctioned in Ohio is not at the fair in Washington County, but there are more than 30 other rides for visitors to enjoy.

All of the rides were inspected by carnival staff Thursday morning, a task that is done every morning before the fair opens.

Because no two rides are the same, each attraction has its own individual safety sheet, showing staff exactly what to look for when inspecting the ride.

It’s just not carnival staff involved in this process – state inspectors come in, too. Every ride has a sticker, showing that someone from the Building Codes Division has personally looked it over.

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Beaverton-based Butler Amusements is in charge of the carnival at the Washington County Fair this year, and assistant manager Dean McCarter said accidents do sometimes happen but are certainly rare.

“We’re here to keep everybody safe, have fun, and I think you’re probably more likely to get hit by lightning than you will get hurt on one of our rides,” he said. “I’ve been in the business 32 years, and I’ve never been on a midway where somebody got hurt like that and hopefully never will.”

Butler Amusements just wrapped up another fair in California, and when they’re done in Washington County they will be heading across the river to the Clark County Fair.

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