Bluegrass Fair set to open

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The Lexington Lions Club Bluegrass Fair is almost here! The annual fair kicks off Thursday and will go on for ten days. Wednesday, crews were on the fairgrounds testing the rides to make sure everything is working properly. As you enjoy the rides this weekend you may not even think of all the work that goes into it before you take off.

"We began setting up about 10 days in advance and now that we get down to the last few days the important stuff really begins to happen. They make sure everything is working but more importantly that everything is safe," says Chairman of the Fair, Ron Mossotti.

Your safety is serious to these guys. They're inspecting the rides from top to bottom.

"They're going to look at every aspect of the ride, the mechanics, the electronics, the hydraulics, the structure. Everything about the ride," says Kentucky Department of Agriculture Public Relations Officer Ted Sloan.

If the ride passes, it gets a sticker where you can see it. Kentucky's inspection program is one of the toughest in the nation. But is a fair ride safer than one at an amusement park?

"One aspect of having rides like these that move from place to place is that they are taken apart and put back together over and over again which allows ride owners to get a good look at it and see if there's something that needs to be addressed," says Sloan.

Whether it's an amusement park ride or fair ride, they all have to follow the same rules.

The fair is located at Masterson Station Park off of Leestown Road. It opens tomorrow night at five. Admission for adults is just five dollars. Children under six and parking is free.

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