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Safety top concern at Bluegrass Fair


LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Just a couple of days after a woman was killed after she somehow came out of a Texas roller coaster, and several others were injured on an Ohio water ride, safety has been at the top of people's minds. At the Bluegrass Fair, chairman Ron Mossotti said the safety of attendees is their number one priority.

"We're sorry to hear something like that happen down in Texas. It's unfortunate, but the first thing at our fair is safety, then we worry about cleanliness, then we worry about fun. Ride inspectors come in before the fair and at intervals during the fair and do their safety inspections. They're mechanical engineers. They know what things are supposed to do. They know what safety procedures go in. I don't. They're experts. When they say 'go', we know we've got a safe ride," Mossotti said.

The fair features a Ferris wheel and other rides designed to give fairgoers a thrill. Some didn't realize the fair had inspections. They said that put their minds at ease.

"Absolutely, I didn't know that. Maybe I'll go back to ride more now!" said Diana Margai.

They say while hearing about accidents like those in Texas and Ohio is sad, they have confidence in the safety of these rides.

"I know that there are a lot of tests that the crew has to do, so the fact that they have it open means that they've run through everything and everything's safe enough," said Sarah Ryle.


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