The N.C. State Fair has arguably the largest midway in North America. And each of the 100-plus rides on the midway undergoes a rigorous inspection by the N.C. Department of Labor before the first rider steps on.
Bureau Chief Jonathan Brooks and his crew of 24 inspectors have been working diligently to inspect each ride to make sure it is 100 percent in line with the manufacturer’s specifications. If it doesn’t pass muster, it doesn’t “get stuck.” That’s industry lingo for the sticker that certifies a ride has passed inspection. North Carolina’s standards for ride safety are among the strictest in the country.
Come out to the State Fair’s Preview Day on Thursday, Oct. 16, buy a Preview Day Wristband for $25, and you’ll be able to ride all the rides you can stomach between 4 p.m. and midnight. The Preview Day Wristband is good only on Oct. 16.