Safety Top Priority At Texas Oklahoma Fair

Safety Top Priority At Texas Oklahoma Fair

Wichita Falls, TX - All hands were on deck, Monday morning as crews were out setting up rides and food stations for the Texas-Oklahoma Fair Tuesday night.

Carnival officials expect about a 100,000 people will make their way to the midway.

Prior to gates opening, rides and vendors must undergo inspections.

"The state of Texas requires all rides operating in the state of Texas, all mobile carnivals be inspected by a third party inspection team. Ours were done at the beginning of August," said Pat Cates, Office Manager of Evans United Shows, the company in charge of the rides at the fair.

Cates said once the state approves, rides are inspected by ride operators and the company gives one last look before going into operation.

"We are setting up and tearing down our rides each and every week, so we're in tune," said Cates."

She believes their rides are safer than those at amusement parks and is confident riders will have an enjoyable experience.

"Our rides are some of the cleanest rides you'll get on and our people are continuingly cleaning and inspecting the rides. Everything will be great," said Cates.

In addition to rides being inspected, food vendors also have to go through a similar process. Before you take a bite our of a corn dog, pizza or funnel cake, inspectors from the Wichita Falls - Wichita County Public Health District has to provide permits to vendors.

Officials at the health district told Newschannel 6 they plan to inspect vendors afternoon on Tuesday and will not issue permits if they are not up to code.

Gates at the carnival open at 6 p.m. All military (Active, Retired & Reserved) get in free of charge. If you are not it's $7 for adults and $3 for children 12 years of age and under.

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday 6 - 10 p.m. 
Saturday 1 p.m. - 12 a.m.

If you would like to purchase armbands to enjoy the rides, it will be $20 a person Tuesday - Thursday.

Jimmie Johnson, Newschannel 6