Safety concerns arise at Canyon County Fair after Ohio ride malfunction

Posted at 6:59 PM, Jul 27, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-28 16:05:51-04

The Canyon County Fair kicked off Thursday, July 27, and with the recent tragedy at the Ohio State Fair on everyone's minds, carnival organizers say safety is top priority. 

Carnival owner Danny Brown says all of the rides at the fair have been thoroughly inspected multiple times. 

"To have safety out here, is a big deal for us," Brown said. "We're family-oriented. There's a lot of kids out here and we want to make sure they're having a good time."

One of Brown's rides, known as the "Freak Out," was manufactured by KMG, the same Dutch company that made Ohio's "Fire Ball." 

"We called the factory this morning and got their opinion on what to do and we've already pursued with that and done it ourselves. So everything looks problems."

Brown, who has been in the carnival business for more than two decades, says his rides are thoroughly inspected by his crew, city officials and third-party inspectors. He's even earned a Circle of Excellence Award. 

Brown says he's confident about the safety of his rides and that visitors shouldn't be concerned. 

"I can just assure you when you come out here that we do take time to look at the equipment and make sure things are good."