MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - The Greater Gulf State Fair has returned to Mobile, Ala. and doors opened at 4 p.m. Friday, October 25, 2013.
However, a fair ride in North Carolina malfunctioned Thursday, October 24, and sent five people to the hospital in good to critical condition. So some folks are wondering, how safe are Mobile's rides?
Fair officials tell FOX10 the rides are inspected at 16 different locations before coming to Mobile.
However, North American Midway Entertainment, the company that provides the rides for the Greater Gulf State Fair, does employ a full-time safety director to keep rides in check at all times.
"We have great safety policies and procedures, we work with the Mobile Police Department, Mobile Fire Rescue, and we have over 60 officers here on site all day,” says Gulf State Fair Director Scott Tindle.
Tindle says this year's fair is the biggest they've had, with ticket sales hitting record numbers already.
He says they've got several new improvements this year to make the fair better for the whole family, including full life size dinosaurs, a new zip line, a farmer's market, and several new and improved rides.
"The organizers of this year's fair have put a brand new face to this place,” says Scott Korek, Client Service Relations Representative with North American Midway Entertainment, “done a lot of exciting new things, done a face lift, and we're really looking to a great fair.
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