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Midway Preparations

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With a little more than one day until the start of the 2013 North Dakota State Fair, the final preparations are underway.

 

"It just wouldn't be a State Fair without a wonderful carnival like we have.  We're very excited we can team up with Murphy Brother's once again, and bring the carnival we do have to the fair grounds," said Jennifer Hubrig, Marketing Director for the North Dakota State Fair.  Rides, games, and greasy, but delicious food, the typical sights, smells and sounds of the North Dakota State Fair.  And will only a little over 24 hours until opening day, the Midway is buzzing with activity.  "The Midway is expanding this year, which we are really excited about.  We added 13 unique rides we have not had here at the fairgrounds before.  Those range from kiddie rides to those wild and crazy thrill rides, that the real adventures people like to go on," added Hubrig.

 

From the old classics like the Zipper, to the new thrill rides like the DropZone and Spinout, there's something for everyone.  But year after year there's one thing that never changes when it comes to carnival rides at the State Fair.  "Safety is our number one priority.  That's non-negotiable.  We want to make sure our patrons that come to this event feel secure knowing that we do everything possible to make sure these rides are completely safe," said Gary Zaitshik, Midway Operations Manager.  "We go through all the precautions we possibly can to make sure we have the safest Midway possible here at the Fair," commented Hubrig.

 

Every year the State Fair staff hires Ride Inspectors to comb over every carnival ride before opening day.  They're looking for weak spots and malfunctioning equipment, but the safety checks don't stop there.  "We do daily inspections, daily ride inspections prior to opening.  We're going to test the rides, make sure they run smoothly," Zaitshik stated.

 

With close to 250,000 people walking through the gates every year, needless to say the rides get a lot of use.  That's why there is such a focus on safety, to ensure a good time is had by all.  "It gives us great satisfaction to create memories for thousands and thousands of people.  That's what we're here for," concluded Zaitshik.

 

With a Mega Ride Pass you can access all the rides, all day long, for the entire fair.  Those are $70.00, while daily unlimited ride bracelets are available for $35.00.

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