Oklahoma Department of Labor gearing up for fair with ride inspections

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OKLAHOMA CITY - The Oklahoma Department of Labor has been busy inspecting rides ahead of the fair opening on Thursday.

Each year, the Oklahoma Department of Labor must inspect each fair ride before they open for fairgoers.

Oklahoma is one of 30 states that requires these inspections.

"Oklahoma has state level inspectors who are insight to inspect a ride before it can go into operation," Melissa McLawhorn Houston, the labor commissioner, said. "They also have a third-party inspector that is required by the fair board. They have another third-party inspector that is required by the ride vendor, Wade Shows."

Throughout the entirety of the fair, the department of labor stays on site to monitor the rides.

While they're hard at work, officials said there is something patrons can do as well to ensure safety on each ride.

"There are a number of ride restrictions and regulations that will be posted on the ride. Such as you must be this high to ride, those are there for the safety of the public. So, we encourage fairgoers to obey those ride restrictions so that we can all have a wonderful and fun fair season," Houston said.

The fair opens Thursday, September 13 and runs through September 23.

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