PHOENIX- On "opening day eve” at the Arizona State Fair, the lights are on and all 72 rides are through inspection.
"There's not a ride on this midway that I will not let my grandchild ride," Barry Schaible said.
Schaible is personally testing every ride this week.
"We've been here since Saturday, and we've been working every day,” he said “We just finished about 30 minutes ago and we're ready to open in the morning.”
It's the last stop of the year for these rides, which are actually stored in Phoenix during the winter. Schaible says the greatest chance of damage to the rides comes before they arrive at the fairgrounds.
"These rides just left LA so a lot of the stuff that happens, happens on the road,” he said. “Very seldom do we have a failure while they're running."
Failure to hold down your lunch is far more likely. There are dozens of new high-calorie creations at the fair this October.
"You put everything on a stick. Because you're at the fair, you have to walk around with it," Jacqui Bradbury said while standing next to her fryer inside the Sweet Cheeks booth.
If you can dream it, they can fry it: Pop Tarts, Snickers, Nutella – it's all here.
"Every good diet tells you you're allowed to have one cheat day," Bradbury says.
Whatever makes you feel better about yourself. But hey, the fair only comes once a year. Gates open for the first time Friday at noon.
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