Kentucky State Fair Concerns: Zika and Ride Safety

Aug 16, 2016

Credit Kentucky State Fair

State officials are raising awareness about the Zika virus at this year's Kentucky State Fair.

Officials from the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, the Kentucky Department of Public Health and the state agriculture department are holding an informational event for the media on Thursday at the fair.

Their goal is promote awareness about the Zika virus. The officials involved include Dr. Ardis Hoven with the Department for Public Health and ag commissioner Ryan Quarles.

The informational session will be at the Health Horizons Area, South Wing B of the Kentucky Exposition Center.

Also, in the wake of a Ferris wheel accident at a Tennessee fair, the head of the Kentucky State Fair says that won't happen here.  

Kentucky Fair Board Interim CEO Steve Kelly says state regulators will sign off on every ride before it operates and will be on hand for the entire run of the fair.  
The ride in Tennessee was inspected but the state has contractors do the inspections where Kentucky's inspectors are employees of the Department of Agriculture.  
Kelley says the inspections are throughout and look at all aspects of the ride and also ensure the ride operator is properly trained.  
He says if work is done to a ride, those inspectors will do another full inspection before allowing it to be used again.