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State inspectors look at State Fair rides

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Today's the first day of the Iowa State Fair.

Many people are working to make sure sure you can have fun -- and stay safe.

The state's Amusement Ride Inspector out yesterday making sure the rides are put together correctly. He's keeping an eye out for holes, checking out fencing to make sure nothing's too sharp.

"Just like building any house, you look at a firm foundation," said Jim Borwey, State Amusement Ride Inspector. "You'll notice that you have blocking here made of two-by-fours."

Ride operators say, to stay safe, follow the rules. They're there to protect you.

This all comes following some high-profile injuries involving amusement rides -- three girls fell off a Ferris Wheel in Tennessee. Witnesses have said the girls were rocking the gondola.

In Kansas, a boy died on a water slide over the weekend. The park reopened yesterday for the first time since the incident -- though the water slide where the boy died remains closed.

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