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Carnival Catastrophe

Carnival Catastrophe: Is there a Real Reason to be Afraid? Counties and Cities with Carnivals or Fairs There are over 3,000 counties in our country.  There are almost 20,000 cities and towns.  Just about every one of them has at least one carnival or fair, and in the case of the bigger cities, perhaps dozens every year. According to data from the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) it comes in at about 4,400 injuries annually but only about 1.5% of that number (66) require hospitalization each year.  Complied statistics for (non-Amusement Park) carnival and fair injuries or deaths are calculated to be 6 per 100,000 visitors, or 0.006%. Not only is the number quite small, but the classification of injuries is quite broad, including anything requiring treatment or hospitalization.  Everything from twisted ankles or sprains, bumped heads, chest pains, numbness, neck strains, back pain, dizziness, and vomiting all count. If you were to pick a large amusement park, such as Disney World with its 19.33 million visitors each year, and apply those statistics, you might expect 1,160 injuries per year.  Big parks are actually much better than that because they have permanent equipment that stays in one place, and experienced maintenance crews with multiple inspections per day. An actual Carnival incident In July (2017), when one of the rides at the Ohio State Fair experienced a severe failure, an 18-year-old man was killed.  A further six were injured.  Despite undergoing three separate inspections, by the operator, the city officials, and an independent third party, they all missed some significant corrosion for one of the seating areas.  The metal was thin enough to shear when the ride was under strain with a full load of passengers. Who is to blame? In this particular case, the manufacturer had issued a notice about the fault in the ride considerably earlier.  They had notified, or attempted to notify, all purchasers, of the potential danger of failure and recommended not using the ride until repairs could be effected. These carnivals and fairs do a lot of traveling, meaning that equipment is assembled and disassembled daily or weekly, moving from one location to the next.  It might be hard to keep up with notices, warnings, alerts, or changing maintenance requirements when you’re constantly on the go.  But perhaps, you would think, workers familiar with the equipment might notice changes and deterioration. Except that they might not…  It might be invisible because it is encased in fiberglass, or in other ways hidden from view.  [...]

By |2019-03-13T23:33:01+00:00November 21st, 2017|Carnivals, injuries, Insurance, Kiddie|0 Comments

Fireworks and Safety for the 4th of July

Fireworks are part of the July 4th celebrations. They are synonymous to the nation’s birthday as backyard barbecues, parades down the main street, and apple pie. They are relatively safe if only people use their common sense. There are also some easy to follow rules that make handling fireworks in County fairgrounds safer. But even with the rules, it seems like people ignore the rules. Each year people are brought to the emergency room due to fireworks-related injuries around the July 4th celebrations. People should remember that fireworks are dangerous and can cause serious burns. If you are tasked to set up fireworks at the county fairgrounds, there are some things that you must do first. One of the first things you need to do is to make sure you have already appointed a firing team. It should be composed of no more than three people with one person serving as the leader of the group. Members of the firing team must have experience of lighting fireworks and have knowledge of safety regulations.   Organizing the Fireworks Display You must ensure that the firing site can accommodate all the fireworks you intend to fire. There must be ample spacing in order to avoid accidental firing of fireworks. Don’t forget to read the instructions on all the fireworks. Each item behaves differently and might be required to be set up and installed in several ways. Make sure that the right side is facing the audience, especially the fan style cakes. There are some types that are required to be buried in soft earth or attached to wooden stakes buried in the ground. These are candles, fountains, and cakes. If they are attached to wooden stakes, they should be attached with strong cloth tape to ensure that the firework stays behind the stake and doesn’t fall over or face the crowd. The fireworks must be angled away from the crowd. If the weather is not too nice, you can use plastic bags to keep fireworks dry. Some fountains have a cone shape and make them hard to be attached to anything. You can place the fountain on a flat surface and avoid placing it on the grass that could make the firework unstable and tip over. Rockets should be launched from tubes. You can make a DIY project using plumbing pipe. Just make sure that the stick of the rocket can freely liftoff form the pipe. It must not get stuck in the pipe. If the rocket has a [...]

King County Fair, WA. Features Concerts, Rides and 4-H Youth

Join the fun July 11-14 during the 151st King County Fair. Experience amazing live concerts, relish thrilling rides, including Mutton Bustin’, view livestock exhibits, and enjoy much more. The King County Fair is held in Enumclaw WA. For more information visit The 4-H kids throughout King County will have prepared photography, food and clothing displays, various public presentations/performances, Lego robots, etc. and trained their dogs, cats, horses, goats, etc. in hopes of qualifying to show at the Washington State Fair in Puyallup. Hands-on projects, like dogs, robotics, etc. keep kids interested as they learn and practice leadership, citizenship, and life skills, such as public speaking. To learn more about 4-H and the many different projects, including robotics, performance arts, animal and plant science, cooking, sewing, etc., that are offered attend the King County Fair or visit

By |2016-10-23T11:34:32+00:00July 9th, 2013|2013, County Fair, King County Fair, Washington|0 Comments

Alameda County Fair 2011 – Fun Food Facts

What people eat at county fairs has long fascinated me. It does probably because I am a health food and organic food nut. The average American eats way too much stuff they should not be eating. This is one of the reasons we have so many health issues in this country. Its alos true that most people do not realize how awfully awesome organic and fresh food can taste and they think they would be giving up so much if they tried it. Well, I am here to tell you its simply not true. Orangic and healthy food has wonderful taste, - its just different from what most people are used to. Anyway this is waht the fair goers ate at this years Alameda County Fair Corn Dogs – 91,414 consumed Funnel Cakes – 29,834 consumed Shaved Ices – 14,963 consumed Turkey Legs – 7,559 consumed Cinnamon Rolls – 5,297 consumed Deep Fried Oreos – 3,791 consumed Scorpions – 1,546 consumed Alligator – Nearly 500 lbs consumed

By |2017-08-22T21:32:03+00:00July 13th, 2011|2011, Alameda, California, Fair Food, Organic Food|0 Comments

Dairy Goats are wonderful things

A couple of Cute Kids JoJo Milano has have 8 years experience with raising, breeding, owning dairy goats. I'm also the, Vice chair of the South Florida Fair dairy goat show. Originally I got my first diary goat as a companion for my 28 year old horse.... and it sort of snowballed from there. Additional Info on Goats you might enjoy Heritage Breeds of Goats for Milk and Meat - Meat goats are fuller boned than the dairy breeds, where dairy goats have flat bone types ... Storey's Guide to Raising Dairy Goats: Breeds, Care, Dairying ... Most Beautiful Goats Competition - Udderly unbelievable but true, goats were on the catwalk for the Most Beautiful Goat at the Mazayen al-Maaz competition yesterday in Riyadh, capitol of Saudi Arabia. A Damascene goat -- or Maaz Al Shami -- named Qahr was the beauty ...

By |2016-10-23T11:34:45+00:00June 23rd, 2010|Animals, Florida, Goats|1 Comment

Stanislaus County Fair, CEO Tony Leo retires

Interview with retiring CEO Tony Leo who will be leaving the Stanislaus County Fair after being around for about thirty years. We talk about some famous people he met and where he sees the fair industry going in the future. He gives advice if you would like to be a fair manager too. Read More about this County Fair! stanislaus county fair | stanislaus county fair 2009 | 2009 ... - stanislaus county fair | stanislaus county fair 2009 | 2009 stanislaus county fair | stanislaus county 2009 fair | renewable fun the stanislaus county fair starts from31st evening for ten days. this year's theme of “renewable fun” ...Kids' Day crowd descends on fair - The line to enter the Rainforest was long, and yet, it still didn't come close to the line for meeting Dora and Diego for Kids' Day at the Stanislaus County Fair this evening. At one point, people joining the line to meet the famous ...

By |2016-10-23T11:34:47+00:00October 30th, 2009|2009, California, County Fair|3 Comments

New book on the American county fair!

Just released: Purebred & Homegrown: America's County Fairs We're pleased to announce the release of our new book that covers the nation's vibrant county fairs from coast to coast! For more than a decade we traveled to some 90 fairs in 35 states (we lost exact count someplace) in order to record some of the great stories of people at America's fairs, plus to photograph some of the million things that happen at every fair, every year. We also detail the history of the agricultural fair and analyze some of the reasons that the fair persists today despite all the changes in agriculture in the last century. Available through your local bookstore, at, or directly from the publisher at the url provided. Take a look, and let us know what you think! Drake and Carol

By |2016-10-23T11:34:52+00:00December 14th, 2008|County Fair, Fair|0 Comments

I have been invited to a Cricket Spitting Contest

This is a real county fair event. I am always on the look out for something different. Aren’t we all? This is definitely different. You put a dead cricket in your mouth and see how far you can spit it. Sounds delightful, doesn’t it? It sure would be a big draw at a state fair. Even children under nine can do this. Cricket Spitting was developed in 1996 by entomolgist Tom Turpin at Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN. rules are simple: Competitors stand in a red circle, place thawed crickets inside their mouths and, spitting them as far as possible without stepping outside the circle. The official Guinness world record is 30 feet, 1.2 inches. The unofficial record from the Purdue Bug Bowl is 37 feet, 9.75 inches. Dead crickets, with no chocolate coating, fly further if launched head-first. I guess this is a sport not to be taken lightly – ” Chicago — A 23-year-old man suffered fatal injuries when he fell from his Mt. Prospect balcony during a spitting contest with his friends, police in northwest suburb said Tuesday.” ah, of course he was also drinking. The contest I was invited to is at the Florence County Fair in Wisconsin. However, I believe I will decline this one. Anyone got a good watermelon seed spitting contest? Cricket Spitting @ the Florence County Fair! That’s right. . . you come and put a cricket in your mouth and see how far you can spit it. Here are the rules: 1.) The farthest cricket wins. 2.) The cricket must remain in tact. 3.) You have 10 seconds from the moment the cricket is in your mouth until the time you spit it. 4.) There are three age groups: – 9 & under – 10-14 – 15 & up 5.) The top three spitters in each age group receive a medal.

By |2019-03-08T00:35:18+00:00August 18th, 2008|Contests, Insects, Wisconsin|0 Comments

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