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Ride inspections nearly complete for State Fair

Posted October 15, 2008
Updated October 16, 2008

— State inspectors said all rides should be up and running by the opening day of the State Fair.

On Thursday morning, 101 of the 114 rides had been certified, according to Jonathan Brooks, of the state Department of Labor.

Nearly all rides were expected to be open on Thursday afternoon – the fair’s preview day. Gates opened at 3 p.m., and midway rides were expected to start at 4 p.m.

Among the 13 rides left for final inspection was the RC-48 – the world’s largest portable roller coaster. A contest was scheduled to name the coaster on Thursday. The winner will receive a prize and have his or her name posted next to the roller coaster.

Inspectors had an extra four days for inspections this year. Crews started setting up earlier because they had more time between their last fair and the N.C. State Fair.


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  • smitty Oct 16, 2008

    HA! The rides are way safer than the food!

  • CaryCrazzy Oct 16, 2008

    westoflyra, I agree, i dont want to fear for my or my kids safety.

  • westoflyra Oct 16, 2008

    They should have a curfew for the kids that would go to Triangle Town Center.

  • Stormy13 Oct 16, 2008

    Jimmy187: I would hope the Raleigh Police/Highway Patrol would prevent these groups from entering at any gate! Letting them in would just be asking for trouble.

  • miketroll3572 Oct 16, 2008

    That is one of the reasons I never take the kids anymore. Way to expensive and the rides are not very good. And if you are going to eat you have to sell one of the kids..........

  • Jimmy187 Oct 16, 2008

    The rides are the least things to worry about. Wait until the gang members show up at night and the weekends.

  • kittiboo Oct 16, 2008

    I am a thrill ride enthusiast, but fair/carnival rides scare the heck out of me!! I loved them as a kid, but now that I know how these rides are constructed in so little time, it amazes me that there aren't more accidents with them.
    I just go for the food...

  • BIGCHEESECAMATO Oct 15, 2008

    Now you can leave it to the critters that run the rides. Most of them are junk 1970's rides.