Boone County Fair

1 decade 10 months 3 weeks ago Monday, July 23 2007 Jul 23, 2007 Monday, July 23, 2007 1:36:00 AM CDT July 23, 2007 in News

A summertime fair seems to make everyone happy, a chance to forget about work and have a little fun. But for some, the work is the fun.

"This is a year-round job for us. We love being on the road. Meeting new friends, new places. This is our first year here, so we encourage folks to come see us," said Larry Feaster, vender.

Last week at the Montgomery County Fair, a metal railing shocked a 9-year old girl getting off the ride -- requiring a trip to the hospital. Organizers for the Boone County Fair hope that this week's events run smoothly, and accidents like the one last week don't happen.

"The county comes out and inspects the rides. The state fire marshall usually inspects the rides. That's the last thing that anyone wants to happen. We exercise every precausion to keep something like that from happening," said George Harris, Boone County Fair worker.

Fair venders say carnivals and fairs are much safer now than in the past.

"They're actually checking them out more than I've seen the past several years. They're giving them an inspection when they arrive and sometimes more than once. Which is a very good thing," said Harris.

The fair kicks off Monday and runs through Sunday. Boone County actually hosted the first county fair west of the Mississippi in 1835!

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