The Cuyahoga County Fair kicks off next week starting on Monday, Aug. 7, and running through Aug. 13. Everything is going according to plan in the wake of the unfortunate accident at the Ohio State Fair last week, which killed one person and left seven others injured.
Regarding this year's ride safety and inspections, Cuyahoga County Fair spokeswoman Candyce Traci tells Scene:
"The Cuyahoga County Fair will continue to follow strict procedures in our cooperation with State, Local and Ride Companies to inspect and enforce all rides and fair activities. The State Inspectors provide the utmost caution with inspections that enforce all regulations. Cuyahoga County Fair will always do what is required and will monitor day by day throughout fair week to ensure we provide a safe family-friendly atmosphere."
Traci also confirmed that there will not be a Fireball ride or anything similar at the Cuyahoga County Fair. (It was the swinging and spinning Fireball ride that malfunctioned at the Ohio State Fair, flinging 18-year-old Tyler Jarrell 50 feet into the air and killing him on impact.) After the accident, attendance to the fair dropped initially but made a comeback later in the week.
"This incident is a heavy burden for the entire Ohio Fair Industry," Traci added. "Until such time that accurate details can be shared as they pertain to this incident, the heartfelt thoughts and prayers of our Fair Board are extended to all individuals involved including the State Officials as they continue to investigate this tragedy at the Ohio State Fair."
You can find this year's Cuyahoga County Fair hours below:
Monday: 5:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Tuesday-Friday: Noon-11:00 p.m.
Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Sunday: Noon-10:00 p.m.