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Rides inspected ahead of Tulsa State Fair opening today

Posted at 7:13 AM, Sep 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-27 08:14:20-04

The Tulsa State Fair opens today. Gates open at 11 a.m. and the midway rides begin operating at noon.

There are 66 rides on the midway, and before people get on them, there's a lot that goes into keeping them safe.

Eight inspectors from the Oklahoma Department of Labor arrived on Sunday. They start inspecting the rides as soon as they're loaded off the trucks.

Inspections continue until the fair closes October 7th.

Oklahoma is one of 30 states that regulate amusement rides.

Officials say the biggest concern for safety isn't from the ride, but from riders not obeying restrictions.

"Especially parents encouraging their children to stand on their toes when they're not big enough to ride a ride," said Melissa Houston, Oklahoma Labor Commissioner. 

Besides the state inspection, Oklahoma is one of only a few states that require an insurance policy, or have a third party inspection company come in. 

Riders can find a sticker placed on the ride with the date it was last inspected. 

If a ride doesn't pass inspection, it will not operate until it does. 

To learn more about the rides, attractions, foods and features, click here to visit the Tulsa State Fair website.

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