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Erie County Fair officials on ride safety

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Posted at 9:27 AM, Jul 27, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-27 09:32:36-04

In the wake of the fatal accident at the Ohio State Fair, Erie County Fair officials are offering their condolences, and assuring local fair-goers all rides at the county fair will be inspected for safety.

The Erie County Fair is set to begin August 9th.  In a statement released Thursday, fair officials explained that all rides operating at the fair meet or exceed "stringent New York State and ride manufacturer safety and maintenance requirements."

The statement went on to say, "Rides and attractions are subject to a three level inspection process that involves our midway provider, New York State and an independent amusement ride safety service contracted by the Erie County Fair. Inspection of rides takes place prior to the opening of the midway during ride setup. Daily inspections continue during the entire 12-day run of the Fair."

The fair's midway provider for 93 years has been The Strates Shows.  Fair officials say the group begins its safety program well in advance of the fair in Hamburg.

You can read the entire statement from the fair here.