GREENEVILLE (WATE) – A company in charge of rides at the Greene County Fair has been cited for some steep safety violations in North Carolina.
The company, Family Attractions, was fined tens of thousands of dollars after five people reportedly fell out of their seats on a ride in Raleigh, but now the Greene County Fair is underway.
For three years Family Attractions has provided and operated the rides at the Greene County Fair and the Greene County Fair Board says those three years have been incident free.
“We’ve not had any issues with any ride safety or injury and do not anticipate any,” said Greene County Fair Board President Bobby Holt.
Recently the North Carolina Department of Labor fined Family Attractions more than $56,000 accusing the owner’s son, Joshua Macaroni, of tampering with a ride’s safety features to keep it running, causing five people to fall off that ride.
“It is our understanding that that ride was not owned by Family Attractions who is our carnival. It was owned by the carnival owner’s son that we employ here,” said Holt.
Because of those safety concerns the Fair Board asked Family Attractions to get a third-party inspection, even though the company already had their permit to operate this year.
Family Attractions hired FX Inspection Services to do their inspection which was accepted by the state on Tuesday.
“We want people to be safe. We have a good safety track record with these folks,” said Holt
The Fair Board says despite the allegations they are obligated to continue to allow Family Attractions to run the rides at their fair.
“We’re under contract through 2017 so we’re kind of boxed in to that contract. Our only option would be to try to purchase out that contract or resort to legal litigation to break that contract and that would be quite expensive,” said Holt.
Family Attractions’ permit to operate in Tennessee was set to run out the day after the Greene County fair ended, but the state extended it for another year after the last inspection.
The allegations by the North Carolina Department of Labor are still under investigation.
WATE 6 On Your Side checked with the Tennessee Valley Fair. They said their rides are operated by a different company, Wade Shows which is based in Michigan.