Inspectors conduct ride safety checks at Wilson County Fair

Inspectors conduct ride safety checks at Wilson County Fair (Image 1)

With the Wilson County Fair set to open Friday, inspectors are checking around 80 rides to make sure they’re safe for the public.

Contracted ride inspectors, along with state workers, have conducted safety checks on the rides before the midway opens.

Jerry Smithson, a ride inspector and risk manager, gets an up-close look at every ride.

“We want to make sure we haven’t missed anything and make sure it’s safe every day that this thing operates,” he said.

The Wilson County Fair is the largest in Tennessee and the 32nd largest in the country. For directions and maps, visit WilsonCountyFair/directions.

Over 589,200 people attended the nine-day event last year. For a complete list of events and activities visit

Executive Director Helen McPeak said she’s hoping to beat that this year.

“If the weather holds up, we think we will beat last year,” she explained.Adult tickets cost $7. Tickets for children aged six to 12 are $5 and children five and under are admitted free. For additional ticket information visit

The Music City Star will also be offering rides on the train from downtown to Wilson County for an additional $15 to $20.

RTA added a second train run on both Saturdays of the fair for this year.

For more information on the Wilson County Fair, visit

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