Safety top priority at upcoming Texas Oklahoma Fair

Safety top priority at upcoming Texas Oklahoma fair

WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - The Texas Oklahoma Fair gets underway Tuesday night.
One hundred thousand people are expected to enjoy the rides, food and exhibits.
    "This is a fair," Camron Ward, Chairman of the Oklahoma Texas fair, said. "This is like what you hear and read about. It's good for the community."
Ward said all rides go through yearly inspections.
    "Every year they re-inspect their equipment and it's all safe," Ward said. "They go through it every year and refurbish them, redo them and bring in some new rides. They add to it and take away depending on what needs to be done."
There is strict protocol for food vendors and livestock exhibits to make sure families are safe.
    "Everybody selling food must have permits issued by the city," Ward said. "And they inspect their areas throughout the week. Any animals that come in, especially on the MPEC side, are inspected and the Public Health Department has to give approval for those animals to be there."
Ward wants people to have a good time and believes it will be the best Texas Oklahoma Fair yet.
    "Every year we try to add something," Ward said. "We adjust it and tweak it every year. We try to make it better and more efficient."
Ward said the fair also helps charitable organizations.
Last year they supported 21 non-profits.
Ward also said none of this would be possible without the help of the 366th Squadron, who has been partnered with the organization since the 1950's.
Anyone interested in going can stop by Tuesday through Friday from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday 1 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Newschannel Six is a sponsor Tuesday for Military Appreciation Night.
All military members get in free.
For everyone else, admission is $7 for adults and $3 for children 12 and under.

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