Tennessee Valley Fair organizer says rides will be safe

Sept. 5, 2016: Tennessee Valley Fair organizers are taking extra safety precautions after a number of ride accidents at local fairs this summer.

KNOXVILLE - The Tennessee Valley Fair opens its gates on Friday and organizers assure people the rides will be safe. 

“We have a great safety record," said Sarah Carson, the fair's marketing director. "We’ve worked with Wade Shows out of Michigan, which is our midway provider, for the past 13 years and our safety record really speaks for itself.” 

WBIR 10News investigated Wade Shows Inc., the company providing the rides for the Tennessee Valley Fair, and found a clean safety record and no media reports or legal filings of incidents involving the company. 

Carson says for those in charge of this fair, safety is personal. 

“Our families are here, our children are out on these rides, so we go to extra lengths to make sure that everything is safe," she said. 

After an accident in Greene County in August and then another in Memphis this month, safety precautions at the Tennessee Valley Fair will increase this year. 

"There will be extra inspections this year just to set the public’s mind at ease," Carson said. “We have an NAARSO (National Association of Amusement Ride Safety Officials) level 3 certified ride inspector that we have hired as the Tennessee Valley Fair as just an extra layer of protection.” 

She says organizers will worry about all safety concerns so families do not have to. 

“All we want you to worry about is coming out and having a good time with your family," Carson said.  

(© 2016 WBIR)


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