BANGOR- One of the best times of year…
“We have a bear show this year, we have a tiger show this year,” said Joe Imbriaco, general manager of the Bangor State Fair.
And of course games, food, and rides.
Thousands of people are expected to show up to Bass Park over the next week and a half for the annual Bangor State Fair.
And it’s important to make sure everyone single one of those people is safe.
“Our thoughts are with the people affected in Ohio. It’s a terrible event,” said Imbriaco.
It was Wednesday when a similar fair opened in Ohio, before abruptly closing due to a horrible accident.
“Multiple passengers were ejected at high speed with high energy, many feet, at least 20 or 30 if not more, into the air and then crashed at a significant distance from the ride,” said Dr. David Evans with the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.
One person was killed on the Fireball ride, and several others were injured.
And as the Bangor State Fair prepares to open it’s doors on Friday, they are taking all the necessary precautions to make sure we never see a similar tragedy here in Bangor.
“From this standpoint here at the Bangor State Fair, today the state fire marshal’s office is here where every ride will be inspected prior to it opening tomorrow. On top of that, we have our staff that look at the devices, and also on a daily basis, and on top of that, the rides get inspected every day prior to the public coming to the event,” said EJ Dean, president of Fiesta Shows.
Dean tells us the Bangor fair doesn’t have that same fireball ride, but they do have a similar one that will undergo special inspection to make sure it meets protocol.