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The Wisconsin State Fair released a statement about its rides after the tragedy at the Ohio State Fair. (PHOTO: Visit Milwaukee)

State Fair releases official statement on rides after tragedy in Ohio

The following is a statement from the Wisconsin State Fair addressing the recent accident at the Ohio State Fair involving a Fire Ball ride that resulted in one dead and seven injured.

"Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with the victims and families affected by the recent tragedy at the Ohio State Fair.

"The Fire Ball ride involved in the accident at the Ohio State Fair was not scheduled to be a part of the 2017 Wisconsin State Fair; however, the Freak Out, a similar ride, was planned for our SpinCity Amusement Ride and Game area.

"Out of respect for the families affected by the tragedy, as well as the pending investigation into why the accident occurred, Wisconsin State Fair Park Chairman of the Board, John Yingling, along with Kathleen O'Leary, Wisconsin State Fair Park CEO, have made the decision to not have the Freak Out at the 2017 Wisconsin State Fair.

"The Wisconsin State Fair holds itself to the highest standards, and the safety of our guests is our number one priority. We will continue our rigorous ride inspection process, which includes inspecting all rides multiple times prior to and during the fair. Wisconsin State Fair staff works in partnership with independent ride inspection professionals as well as the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services to inspect each ride and attraction."


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