Making Sure the Champlain Valley Fair Will be Safe

Safety at the Fair

Essex, Vt - In light of the recent tragedy at the Ohio State Fair, organizers of the Champlain Valley Exposition are making sure that safety is a priority.

Chris Ashby, the director of operations for the Champlain Valley Fair, says that all rides are inspected every morning according to a checklist and prior to operation.

 "We go above and beyond what the state requires of us. We bring in an independent contractor who is a private inspector. And an engineering company that inspects the rides as they are being set up and once they're fully assembled and up and running."

Ashby also says that the rides pass through a fair in New York, which requires a state inspector review all rides before they are in operation.

Safety of rides isn’t the only concern leading up to this year’s Expo.

Essex Police department is also ready with over 40 officers including 20 temporary auxiliary officers.

At last year’s Expo, 22 year-old Ryan Durkin of South Burlington was fatally stabbed after a fight over a girl.

Essex Police Captain George Murtie says that upon review of the departments’ safety protocol, it was determined that this incident was isolated, and no major safety changes are needed.

“We reviewed lighting and staffing all those types of precautions and we feel pretty comfortable that we have sufficient resources."

The Champlain Valley Exposition will be held from August 25 through September 3.

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