MANATEE COUNTY, FL (WWSB) - Ten thousand people are expected to flock to the Manatee County Fair Friday night.
Fair officials expect big crowds for opening weekend. They want to make sure visitors are safe before stepping foot on a ride.
According to Fair Manager Daniel West, all rides are inspected by a third party. Also, since the Manatee County Fair is the first fair in Florida in 2019, the groups that set up the rides get additional state mandated inspections ahead of the fair’s opening day.
“All of our rides get inspected. some rides get inspected one time a year, some of our rides get inspected multiple times. It just depends on the type of ride,” explained West.
While the fair is a Manatee County tradition, returning for its 103rd year, visitors will see a subtle change. Fair staff has added 20 new surveillance cameras near the gates, and in and outside the buildings.
“It’s a new type of security because sometimes you have lost children and it was a new type of security for us to add to the fairgrounds,” said West.
Officials with the fair say they want everyone to feel safe while taking part in the 103 year long tradition.