LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - After five people died at the Indiana State Fair when a stage collapsed, fair organizers here in Kentucky are doing everything they can to avoid any type of issue. The fair opens tomorrow and hundreds of thousands of people will come through the Fairgrounds in the coming weeks. That is why, the day before, everything is checked and checked again.
At the Midway the they are looking at the rides. North American Midway Entertainment runs 52 of them. Twenty are brand new this year. President Jeff Blomsness says their main goals are to entertain and raise money for charities and other entities. "If we have machines that are not properly running or not well maintained then we fail in both those," he says.
After the roof came down in Indiana, Kentucky State Fair organizers say they are paying extra attention.
"Whenever you have 600,000 people coming through your facility for 11 days you are a little more vigilant," says Amanda Storment with the Kentucky State Fair Board.
"You look at that roof falling and it makes you sick. It's scary," says CEO of Triangle Talent Dave Snowden. He's in charge of the stage set up in the stadium. He also use to put on the shows at the Indiana State Fair with the same stage that collapsed last weekend.
Snowden said the stage here is a lot smaller. It's a lot easier to adjust if trouble moves in, adding that it's virtually impossible to fall into the audience. Of course Mother Nature can have a mind of her own. That is why organizers are doing everything they can to avoid any possible accident.
Gates open Thursday at 7 a.m. The fair runs until August 28. Remember, you can see your favorite people from WAVE 3 next Tuesday, August 23.