HAMBURG, N.Y. — Erie County Fair organizers released a statement Thursday morning in response to the deadly amusement ride accident at the Ohio State Fair.
The Erie County Fair extends our deepest condolences to the families and friends of those affected in the accident at the Ohio State Fair. Fair management is reviewing all available information on this incident as well as our emergency management plan while preparations continue for opening day of our 178th Fair.
The Erie County Agricultural Society has a three-step amusement ride inspection process that involves the midway provider, New York State Department of Labor, and an independent amusement ride safety service contracted by the fair. Only rides that are deemed safe are allowed to operate.
Rides are inspected during setup before the midway opens, and there are daily inspections during the 12-day run of the fair.
The Strates Shows has been the Erie County Fair midway provider for more than nine decades.
The Strates Shows, the midway provider to the Erie County Fair for 93 years, begins its safety program well in advance of its show in Hamburg. The lengthy process begins during the off season when rides go through a comprehensive maintenance overhaul. Engineering and structural tests are conducted and worn or broken components are replaced. During the Fair, the Strates Shows internal safety department works alongside State and independent inspectors.
The Erie County Fair works with LJM & Associates out of Safety Harbor, Florida. They serve as an independent third-party inspector.
Fair officials get daily briefings on the status of rides and inspections.