Safety top priority for Red River Valley Fair ridesWest Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - For the next six days, this is the place to be for fun and food.
By: Kay Cooley, WDAY
West Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - For the next six days, this is the place to be for fun and food.
And as we speak lines are growing longer, people are waiting to hop on a ride. From the carousel to the "Drop of Fear."
As you can see people are packed in for a chance to feel that familiar adrenaline rush that comes to town once a year. And even though these temporary rides go up fairly fast, safety is still top priority.
Ava: "I love the swings."
Buckle up and hold on tight.
Max: "It's super scary."
Because fair rides are back and open for business.
Max: "Drop Zone"
Gary Zaitshik, Midway Manager: "It definitely gets the heart going."
Forty-three rides make up the midway with hundreds of smiling faces…
Ava: "I feel dizziness"
Lining up to jump on.
Zaitshik: "Makes your palms a little sweaty."
But before the supervisors press the start button, these machines have to be checked.
“Smokey”, Ride Supervisor: "We make sure everything is right on the horse."
Then checked again.
Zaitshik: "Safety is our number one priority. It's non-negotiable."
Smokey: "I've been in the business ever since 1950."
That's where long standing inspectors like Smokey come in.
Smokey: "I have a good track record. Yep, I really do."
Every single ride like the carousel here has its own supervisor, who goes through a checklist to make sure everybody riding is safe.
Smokey: "This is an everyday deal, not only with this ride, but every ride we have out there."
Making sure all nuts and bolts are tight…
Smokey: "If it's old we put a new one in."
So that nobody has to worry when the excitement kicks in.
Ava: "Cause we're spinning round and round."
Max: "Your stomach just drops."
One of the regular ride favorites is the swings or if you prefer something for thrill, the drop of fear might be for you.