WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – The Dixie Classic Fair is back in town, and there’s a question that always lingers in the back of our heads: “How safe are the rides?”
The N.C. Department of Labor inspects and certifies amusement rides every time they are set up, and moved and disassembled for another fair destination across the state.
According to the NCDOL, the state of North Carolina is one of the only two states in the United States that require rides to be 100% compliant with manufacturer’s specifications before approval.
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Fair rides arrived by train on Monday, September 25th, but before their arrival, Steve Burris, supervisor of inspections, was inspecting them the Wednesday before at their previous destination.
The fair worked on its own inspections Tuesday and the Department of Labor starts inspecting Wednesday.
Inspectors like Burris will spend anywhere from 14 to 15 hours a day in the days inspecting rides leading to the fair opening, and even then,
“If some of these rides don’t get completed by tomorrow at eleven, then they don’t play so it runs over into next week,” Burris said. “We’re not here to get them open, we’re here to get them set.”
The Dixie Classic Fair opens on Friday and with it four new rides including the Bear Affair, Jumbos, Magic Carpet, and Paddle Boats.
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