10:53am

Fri August 19, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Kentucky State Fair Focuses on Safety

The 2011 Kentucky State Fair begins its ten-day run today in Louisville. As Rick Howlett reports, local organizers are answering questions about safety procedures following last week's tragedy at the Indiana State Fair. There will be ten outdoor concerts at Cardinal Stadium, and state fair spokeswoman Amanda Storment says officials are especially mindful this week of severe weather safety, in the wake of Saturday's stage collapse at the Indiana State Fair--during a wind gust--that killed five people.

"...because we are an exposition center that operates 365 days a year, we are
accustomed to having safety procedures in place, we're vigilant about those
kinds of emergency procedures, so we're in constant contact with the
weather service."

Storment says the stage rigging used at the Cardinal Stadium shows is smaller
and can be quickly lowered hydraulically if threatening weather approaches.
There are no plans to require state inspections of the stage, which is supplied by
the concert promoter.

Some 600-thousand people are expected to visit the fair during its ten-day
run. Attractions includes hundreds of exhibits, midway rides, concerts and
food.