MILWAUKEE -- The 2015 Wisconsin State Fair opens on Thursday, August 6th -- and on Tuesday, with just two days to go, inspections were being made on the more than 50 carnival rides offered at the fair. Each of the rides within "Spin City" must be checked and re-checked before you can hop aboard.
Joe Bixler is the engineer hired by the Wisconsin State Fair to inspect each and every ride.
"These independent operators have one to five rides," Bixler said.
In Bixler's world, if life isn't spinning in circles, something isn't right. He says just like cars, these rides are powerful machines -- and safety is a top priority.
"There's components -- you have the trucks, you have wheels, bearings, you have breaks on it," Bixler said. "These gentlemen that are out here, these ladies, are making a living off this equipment and so they come here just like a race. They are making sure everything is tuned up and ready to go when they hit the asphalt."
Bixler is the AAA of carnivals.
"You're making a living only off of one or two rides. You don't own the whole show -- so you want to make sure your roller coaster here is up and running, otherwise the money is going to go somewhere else," Bixler said.
In addition to the State Fair's independent inspector, officials with the state of Wisconsin also double checks the rides. The safety inspections don't end when the fair starts. Rides are monitored daily to make sure they're safe -- and running smoothly.
The 2015 Wisconsin State Fair runs from August 6th through the 16th.
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