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Patrons enjoy first day of State Fair

Posted October 16, 2014 2:09 p.m. EDT
Updated October 16, 2014 10:53 p.m. EDT

— On the first day of the N.C. State Fair, attendees were comfortable riding the rides.

"Because of what happened last year, I think that they're going to do a better job with trying to make sure that the rides are actually more safer for everyone," said Feza Scarboro.

State inspectors cleared all but six of the 102 rides on the midway, and while no major problems were reported, one new ride, the Delusion, was shut down temporarily.

Jacob Bowers was in line for the ride.

"It was kinda scary but we'll wait out until later and probably head back," he said.

It was reopened, but another test found that a computer glitch affected the locking mechanism for one of the seats.

Madilynn Hendricks was on the ride when it was stopped a second time.

"I was watching the seat the whole time," she said.

Thursday night was the best time to experience the rides – unlimited ride wristbands were available for $28, but only on Thursday.