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Time for the Minnesota State Fair

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I will be taking the boys to the State Fair this weekend. The early ticket numbers suggest that there are a lot of Minnesotans doing the same thing from now until Labor Day. It is always a time of eating a lot, checking out the different types of booths, and amusement rides. The downside of having a father who does what I do is, I have seen to many cases where the rides are either improperly maintained or staffed. So I probably am a little too over protective, but the piece of mind is worth it.

Others here at the Legal Examiner have pointed out some of the worst situations:

Duck Boats: Safe Fun or Unsafe Tourist Traps?, Mark Bello | August 28, 2010 4:42 PM

12-Year-Old Fell 100 Feet to the Ground Off Wisconsin Dells Amusement Park Ride, David Mittleman | August 27, 2010 4:44 PM

Your Legal Rights in an Amusement Park Accident, Randy Appleton | December 09, 2009 2:01 PM

The Minnesota State Fair each year touts their safety record.

Jim Sinclair, the fair's deputy general manager, said the fair has never had a ride fatality. A fair employee for 35 years, Sinclair said he can't remember the last serious injury caused by a malfunctioning ride, and wants to keep it that way.

Onsite inspectors hired by the fair supervise all aspects of ride assembly before the fair opens, and stay on the premises throughout the fair. State law requires rides be inspected once a year, and Sinclair said the fair exceeds those standards.

"Portable amusement rides transported from fair to fair by carnivals are assembled, handled, taken down week to week," Sinclair said. "[They] actually get more scrutiny, because those pins that hold things together come out and go back in, and are looked at every time that happens."

There are some people who might dispute those claims, but hopefully they are making sure that safety is a very important part of the day they are paid to provide. the Legal Examiner members from Florida have a number of posts about this issue. I like this one a lot:

Amusement Ride Safety Tips – 2010, Jason Herrera | May 27, 2010 8:00 AM

The boys and I always have a great time. Maybe a little too much sun. Hopefully, all of those attendees will also.