A few questions were raised to the Fair Board and Staff regarding carnival operations at the 2018 Fair. After meeting with the carnival company
Empty Seats The Ferris Wheel often does not have a full load. It makes it easier to balance and is more efficient when it isn’t completely full. Cobra kiddie ride did run half loads on Wednesday. A replacement part was overnighted and the Cobra has been running full loads since Thursday.
Ride Closures Area 51 and Super Shot were down roughly 10 minutes on Thursday to do a mid-day inspection by the carnival company, which is not uncommon for fairs with long hours.
The Sizzler, a nearly brand-new ride, was broken down upon arrival. PBJ had hoped to get a part for repair, but the needed part was not available quickly enough. The Sizzler was removed from the grounds and replaced with another ride.
Inspections/Safety **Rides are inspected annually by National Association Of Amusement Ride Safety. Prior to rides opening at the Washington Town & Country Fair, they were inspected by the Fire Department and Building Inspector. All rides are also reviewed daily by PBJ employees.
"Safety is our top priority," said Cody Casper, co-owner of PBJ Happee Day Shows. "We would rather shut a ride down for a bit to ensure it is completely safe. While the down-time is inconvenient to fair-goers, we won't sacrifice safety for convenience."