August 17, 2017
By Ed Byrne
The Brillion News
DE PERE – The accident involving a midway ride at the Ohio State Fair, back in July, was like a shot heard around the world – the world of state and county fairs.
In that incident, the Fireball, an 18-year-old fairground ride created by Dutch manufacturer KMG, broke mid-ride at the Ohio State Fair in Columbus on July 26.
A Marine recruit was killed as riders were thrown in mid-air. Seven other people were hurt.
An investigation shows that there was extensive corrosion on the interior of a support beam holding a gondola where most of the victims were riding.
Long before the investigation in Ohio was wrapped up, the President of the Brown County Fair Association was on the phone.
“Immediately after that accident in Ohio, we contacted our carnival operators,” Steve Corrigan said. “We do have a ‘Freakout’ ride here, which is a sister ride made by the same company.”
The fair was assured by its ride provider, All Around Amusement, that its rides were well maintained and inspected.
But Corrigan said the fair association decided to take it a step further.
“We had the ride x-rayed and magnetically tested to make sure it passed inspection,” Corrigan said.
Please see the complete story in the August 17, 2017 edition of The Brillion News.