The South Carolina State Fair continues to enjoy a long record of ride safety and will maintain additional ride inspection protocols for this year’s fair.
The Fireball ride involved in an accident at the Ohio State Fair on Wednesday did not belong to North American Midway Entertainment, which has operated the rides at the South Carolina State Fair without a serious incident.
“The safety of our fair patrons has remained a priority, and we will continue to take every step necessary to ensure the well-being of our visitors,” said State Fair manager, Gary Goodman.
The state Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, oversees amusement rides and inspects fair rides before the opening of each fair. Additionally, the South Carolina State Fair contracts with third-party inspectors to independently certify the rides before opening and conducts daily inspections throughout the fair.
“We think it’s very important that we go beyond the inspections required by the state,” Goodman said. “It’s something that we take very seriously.”
North America Midway Entertainment features nearly 70 rides at the South Carolina State Fair. The carnival contracted with Amusements of America to bring in several additional kiddie rides to last year’s fair, but those rides were subject to the same stringent inspection requirements.
The State Fair announced last year that it had extended its partnership with North American Midway Entertainment for three years.
“We’ve had a great association with them for a long time,” Goodman said.
The 2017 S.C. State Fair will run October 11-22 in Columbia.