Tennessee Valley Fair kicks off in Knoxville

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — The Tennessee Valley Fair is here! The event will take place from Sept. 8-17.

Fair-goers can enjoy food, rides, concerts and more. There will be antique shows, arts and crafts, and agriculture shows.

The concert lineup kicks off on Friday, September 8, with LoCash. Michael Ray with Drew Baldridge perform on Sunday, September 10. Matthew West is on September 11, Josh Tuner on September 12, Cheap Trick on September 13 and Jagged Edge on September 14.

Kool and the Gang perform on Friday, September 15, Con Hunley’s performance is on Saturday September 16, and John Michael Montgomery performs on Sunday, September 17.

For more a full schedule and tickets, visit Tennessee Valley Fair’s website.

Fair inspections

Jonathan Brooks has inspected rides at the Tennessee Valley Fair for the past six years. He says it’s a rigorous job.

“We pretty much go from A to Z from the bottom up to the top,” Brooks, who is with Wagner Consulting Group, said.

Brooks and more than 100 crew memers maintain and inspect all 40 rides at the Tennessee Valley Fair leading up to the fair’s opening day. Then, every morning, rides go through another round of inspections, with at least one inspector on fairgrounds at all times making sure rides operate properly.

“The work is in the details,” Brooks said. “We got to make sure everything meets the manufacturer’s specifications and all the applicable standards. We got to go through each restraint to make sure that it locks, we got to go through each seat belt, so there’s a lot of attention to detail in our line of work.”

After a number of high profile ride failures around the country in recent years, including the Ferris wheel accident in Greene County last year, Brooks says the main priority is safety, and he feels confident that the rides his crews inspect promise a fun and safe experience.

“We’ve done everything in our power and did the job we need to do,” Brooks said. “We’ve been very strict and it’s a rigorous process. I have children of my own and I’m a parent just like everybody else and if we’ve been out here and inspected the ride, I’ll bring my kids to ride anytime.”

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