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Safety, fun is focus ahead of 2014 State Fair

Posted October 14, 2014

— Two days before the start of the 2014 North Carolina State Fair, officials are trying to put the focus back on fun, spokesman Brian Long said Tuesday.

Several issues, including concerns over ride safety and the possibility of concealed weapons being allowed on the grounds, have overshadowed some of the buildup to the state's biggest event.

"We're ready to focus on the fun part, and we want everybody to come out and have a good time," Long said. "The fair has always been about friends and family members coming out, making memories and having fun. We're ready to put on another good one."

In terms of ride safety, Long said North Carolina's ride safety laws will keep fairgoers safe.

Last year, five people were hurt at the fair when a ride called The Vortex starting moving as people were getting off. A criminal investigation found that a safety mechanism designed to keep the ride from moving had been disabled. The owners of the ride face more than $100,000 in fines from two government agencies, as well as a $150 million lawsuit from four who were hurt.

"We've had carnival companies come in before and say they've never seen the level of scrutiny they get in North Carolina," Long said. "The folks at the Department of Labor are as vigilant as they've ever been."


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  • trianglerelic Oct 14, 2014

    With Enterovirus, and Ebola on the loose, and a half million people rubbing elbows at the fair, Gun safety is probably the lease of the worries this year. Better wear full Bio-hazard containment gear for the rides and food ;-)

  • I-Defy Oct 14, 2014

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    You know how we know you have never even fired a gun?

  • hppyhourhero Oct 14, 2014

    I-DEFY: Your arguments would have a greater impact upon this audience if you had a basic understanding of grammar, punctuation, and spelling.

  • I-Defy Oct 14, 2014

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    Is "Them" racist now? It seems that every day progressives tell us another word is racist.

  • Lightfoot3 Oct 14, 2014

    "Safety and Fun. Do you hear that gun owners?" - A cold, hard dose of Hans

    How can it be safe and fun with all those guys standing around with guns on their hips? You know, the cops.

  • A cold, hard dose of Hans Oct 14, 2014

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  • I-Defy Oct 14, 2014

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    I tried to dumb it down enough so even you would understand, but all you understand is that something makes you feel icky so that gives you the right to infringe upon me. And thats it in a nutshell. You donty like guns so you want to make gub owners lives miserable. If liberals would just mind their own business and not get offended by every little thing, all things might get better. but youre either crying youre the victim or trying to make someone else feel like a victim so they come to you for help, or pandering as it called. Im sorry guns scare you but criminals don't. But you progs never have your priorities right anyway

  • I-Defy Oct 14, 2014

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    Its all about rights! You have the right to kill your unborn "mistake" and I have a right to protect myself. It really isnt that hard to understand. What I do understand is that you think your right to kill the unborn is more important than my right to carry.

    Rights are rights are rights! The problem with you liberals is you klike to cherry pick and change definitions so it fits your freedom suppressing agenda.

    Its about rights. All rights, not just the ones that YOU agree with.

  • Monkey_Joe Oct 14, 2014

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    I carry a spare tire not because I live in constant fear of getting a flat but because I know I'll be ok if I get one.

  • sinenomine Oct 14, 2014

    I-DEFY should be congratulated for the most irrelevant post in recent memory. Somehow I-DEFY has conflated the carrying of concealed weapons at the state fair with having an abortion. My mind rebels at trying to follow the logic. I'm getting a headache attempting it; I wonder if the aspirin in the bathroom is out of date?