Ride Safety at County Fairs in Iowa - Siouxland News - KMEG 14 and FOX 44

Ride Safety at County Fairs in Iowa

Posted:
LE MARS, IA -

With fair season is full swing, carnival rides are certainly a common sight. But some folks will think twice about riding those attractions in light of the recent death at a Texas amusement park.

We talked with the folks at the Plymouth County Fair about their safety measures when it comes to rides.
 
Roller coasters, Ferrris Wheels and Merry-Go-Rounds are all rides you'd typically see at a county fair.

But are these moving attractions safe to ride?
 
"They're assembled and dissembled once a week and so every time that takes place,you're able to check everything," said Dean McDermott, Owner of McDermott Family Shows.
 
McDermott said it's an advantage because they are able to look at each ride thoroughly every week. But the State of Iowa knows that promise isn't enough, which is why it also gets involved.
 
The State of Iowa inspects these rides once a year, but it can spot check whenever it wants. It checks things like lap bars and safety belts to make sure everything is in working order.
 
"We pride ourselves on the safety, and like I said so does the state. They've got inspectors around all the time and spot inspects," said McDermott.
 
He notes the operators take the safety rules that are posted on each ride very seriously. If someone is too short, they're not riding, even if parents say it's OK.
 
"No that's not OK. You're putting your own child at risk, and that's something that we won't do. No, and I apologize for that, and I shouldn't apologize, it's just a good way of doing business, you don't want anybody hurt," said McDermott.
 
And it's that mentality that makes local thrill seekers relieved.
 
"Makes me feel better that they're actually maintained. That way there's no accidents or less chance of an accident. I've got two kids of my own," said Nick Burnett, who was going to ride the attractions.
 
McDermott says for your own safety, if you see something that isn't right, tell someone.
 
"Sometimes it may be something that's not even important but they think it is, be sure and tell the operator. As far as the public goes, oh yeah we want to hear it. We can't fix it if we don't know about it," McDermott added.
 
If you're interested in coming to the Plymouth County Fair the midway will be here through Sunday.

http://www.plymouthcountyfair.org/

Hleigh@siouxlandnews.com

www.Facebook.com/HeatherLeighKMEG

 

  • NewsNewsMore>>

  • Will Ukraine Crisis Lead to New Cold War?

    Will Ukraine Crisis Lead to New Cold War?

    (WASHINGTON, D.C.) As the U.S. ratchets up economic sanctions against russia... some foreign policy experts suggest we are heading into a new "cold war."More >>
    (WASHINGTON, D.C.) As the U.S. ratchets up economic sanctions against russia... some foreign policy experts suggest we are heading into a new "cold war."
    More >>
  • Train Runs Over 2 Women Both Survive

    Train Runs Over 2 Women Both Survive

    The Indiana Rail Road Company has released video taken from the perspective of the conductor of a train as it ran over two women. More >>
    The Indiana Rail Road Company has released video taken from the perspective of the conductor of a train as it ran over two women. 
    More >>
  • New Treatment for Skin Cancer

    New Treatment for Skin Cancer

    (CINCINNATI, OH) There is a new type of treatment that those with skin cancer may not have heard about, it is commonly referred to as IL 2 or interleuken two, and to the right person it could make all the difference in survival.More >>
    (CINCINNATI, OH) There is a new type of treatment that those with skin cancer may not have heard about, it is commonly referred to as IL 2 or interleuken two, and to the right person it could make all the difference in survival.More >>
Powered by WorldNow

Siouxland News
100 Gold Circle
Dakota Dunes, SD 57049

Main Phone: 712-277-3554
Main Fax: 712-255-5250
Email: webmaster@siouxlandnews.com

Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2009 WorldNow and Sinclair Communications, LLC. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.