Safety a focus for Virginia State Fair organizers


DOSWELL, Va. (WRIC) — The Virginia State Fair gets underway Friday morning at 10 a.m. and fair organizers are getting the pigs ready for racing. There will also be some new competitions this year like blacksmithing and bacon eating.

The annual fair also would not be the same without unique things to drink and eat like bacon ice tea, chocolate dipped corn on the cob and butt fries.


And, of course, getting on the carnival rides is another popular tradition. Deggeller Attractions is the company responsible for this year’s fair rides. To make sure the rides are safe, Deggeller voluntarily hired a third party, Danny Abner, to routinely to routinely check the rides.

5f92387c9e4b46e38e665dfc16601181“The state fair feels more comfortable if I’m here every day, not that there is something wrong with the Deggeller equipment but if something should occur then I need to have an answer for it,” Abdner said.

Ken Martin is an amusement park ride safety analyst and consultant who told 8News that Deggeller has a great reputation.

“If the state fair of Virginia didn’t have a good midway operator, they wouldn’t keep having the same people back each year after year,” Martin said.

The ride consultant said unlike permanent amusement parks, fairs and traveling carnivals use different standards to inspect rides.

“Portable carnival rides in Virginia are covered under the Department of Housing and Community Development,” Martin said. “The same people that inspect your buildings, your footings, your foundations, your plumbing, your electrical … they are the same people charged with inspecting amusement rides in Virginia.”

Martin also reminded fair goers that you, the individual rider, are the final inspector of amusement park rides.

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