Jefferson County fair draws big crowd on first night, despite Greene County accident

JEFFERSON CITY (WATE) – Thursday was the first day of the Jefferson County Fair and fairgoers are taking precautions. Concerns have been raised nationally following recent accidents where kids got hurt or killed.

Safety has been on the minds of everyone this week in light of the horrible Ferris wheel accident that injured three girls in Greene County. Despite that, Jessie Davis says he isn’t living in fear.

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“I feel bad for the families. I’m not necessarily worried for myself, but if something is going to happen, it’s going to happen That’s the way the way I look at it,” said Davis.

Thursday was Davis’s daughter’s birthday, and because it was her special day, they just knew they had to come to the fair.

Jefferson County Fair president Ricky Taylor says families don’t have to worry about safety because the rides here, which are owned by James Gang Amusements, get inspected daily.

“Everything is safe and ready to go,” said Taylor.

Dwayne Philips did his research and knew this already.

“I believe they got good people that take care of them and check them out. And they test them every day before they let anyone on and make sure everything is functioning right,” said Phillips.

That’s why he and his granddaughter didn’t shy away from getting on the Ferris wheel, a ride others didn’t even want to touch.

“The Ferris wheel is definitely a no,” said Davis.

Records indicate James Gang Amusements, which provides rides for the Jefferson County Fair, has no reported accidents. The same is true for Wade Shows, which provides rides for the Tennessee Valley Fair.

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