Itâ€™s news when thereâ€™s an accident, so the stateâ€™s labor inspectors and carnival ride vendor are hoping to stay out of the news during the Illinois State Fair.
â€śWe inspect all traveling amusement rides,â€ť says Ryan Culton, manager of the amusement ride safety division for the Illinois Department of Labor. â€śAnything from Great America Six Flags, to both state fairs, there are 102 county fairs, fixed zip lines, mobile zip lines.â€ť
North American Midway Entertainment is back at the fair. Spokeswoman Amy Girton says the new attraction this year is the Persian Camel.
“It’s a new funhouse thatâ€™s redone. Itâ€™s absolutely gorgeous, new lights on it, all new vinyl.â€ť She says itâ€™s a walk-through funhouse for all ages.
The state fair’s preview night and Twilight Parade get underway Thursday night; it runs through Sunday August 17.