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Companies Submit Bids To Run State Fair Midway

Posted January 10, 2006

— On Tuesday, the state Agriculture Department is expected to select the company that will run the Midway for the next three state fairs.

Five companies will submit sealed bids, and the highest bidder will be awarded the contract. Last year, Wade Shows shelled out more than $4 million to operate the midway.

However before the fair opened to the public, only 10 of the 112 rides passed inspection. Fair organizers say Wade Shows did not understand the state's zero tolerance inspection process.

This year, Wade Shows are among the companies bidding for a chance to run the fair. Another company in the running is Strates Shows, who ran the Midway for more than 50 years before former Agriculture Commissioner Meg Scott Phipps replaced the company with Amusements of America.

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