Boone County fair gains safety approval for carnival rides and food vendors as it returns to Columbia in 2021.


The State Fire Marshal and the Columbia / Boone County Department of Health gave the green light to the Boone County Fair to open up to the carnival trips and food vendors this week at the Boone County Fair.

Gus Guadamuz, Supervisor of the Missouri Amusement Road Safety Unit, said all trips must go through two levels of inspections before they can be opened. “The first inspection is done by a third-party private inspector to fully inspect the trip before the trip is allowed, after which the state will conduct on-site inspections once they are in place,” Guadamuz said.

Before trips open at the Boone County Fair, Guadamuz says he contacts tour operators during the placement to make sure the trips are properly positioned, that there are no tree limbs or power lines that can interfere, checking twice if the trip generators are grounded and making sure there are no risks of breach to ensure public safety.

When doing on-site checks after trips are set, Guadamuz says they focus on checking the seat belts, seat belts, making sure everything works in good condition, making sure the trips are stable and level, checking to ensure emergency stops for all operators, system manipulation and cabling, mechanical hydraulic systems, eliminate sharp objects, scum around the rides and proper space between walks.

Guadamuz says the state also ensures that travel height and weight requirements are followed at the event. He said he will be at the Boone County Fair many times this week to ensure security factors stay in place.

Sara Humm with the Columbia / Boone County Department of Health also said food vendors at the fair must go through an inspection process.

“We inspect all of them before they are able to sell any food to make sure they are doing things safely and that they are reducing any risk of disease coming from food and things like that. “, said Humm.

To her knowledge, Humm said no food vendor at the fair had any problems passing the inspection.

Carnival doors open Tuesday at 4pm and tickets are $ 10 at the gate, but children six years and under enter for free. The event is set to take place at 22:00 every night until Saturday.

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