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Prepping for the Sangamon County Fair

Updated: Wednesday, June 18 2014, 11:20 AM CDT
SANGAMON COUNTY -- Get ready for carnival rides, corn dogs and lemon shake ups. As of Tuesday, we're less than 24 hours away from the Sangamon County Fair, but before you can experience any of it, there's still much to do.

The Sangamon County Health Department makes its rounds to all of the vendors at the fair and they're checking for things like hand washing stations, temperature gauges, even chlorine testing strips; and that's just for the food. Wait until you see what needs to be done to keep all those rides safe.

It's just around the bend.

"It's about community. It brings everybody together. This is the Sangamon County Fair," said Fair President Steve Walter.

This it the annual festival expected to draw at least 35,000 people.

"At any one given time at the County Fair there's 250 volunteers working these fairgrounds," said Walters. "We have something different every day."

As well as the old favorite. But before you can take a spin: a test ride.

"Beginning of the season we train them and then we do a follow up every week," said Terry Swyear, President of Swyear Amusements.

There are 20 rides for fair-goers to enjoy this year including two news one. All have the same regulations.

"Checking barrings and blocking and cables and guy-wires and safety pins and harnesses," said Swyear.

Over at the concessions stands...

"I've never seen so much bleach in my life is what, you know, they just non-stop scrub all day long," said Walter.

Getting ready for health inspections which start Wednesday and continue at random for the rest of the week.

"They check all of your temperatures of your meat to make sure nothing's too hot," said Jessica Puckett of Taft's Food Concessions. "They don't want people getting sick from illnesses like bacteria that can get in to the food."

It's all to make sure everyone is safe, that way everyone can have fun.

"It makes me smile. That's what it's about, all the kids. Little kids it gets my heart," said Swyear.

The Macon County Fair struggled with money this year, so much so that they had to forgo a lot of the main attractions. The President of the Sangamon County Fair says they're feeling the pinch, as well, but they're still trying to bring it all your way, while keeping the gate prices as low as possible.

The fair officially kicks of Wednesday morning at 9 A.M. It runs through Sunday and it features some major music. Headliners include Lynard Skynard. Prepping for the Sangamon County Fair


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