Wayne County Fair Moves to Camden Park

By: Lauren Denney Email
By: Lauren Denney Email

WAYNE COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A crime against a county fair led to big changes this year.

In fact, last year's debacle left the Wayne County fair $5,000 in the hole.

The company it contracted to bring rides to the 2011 fair took the money and ran, leaving the fair with nothing but inflatables.

So now, the fair is turning to a venue that's a little more reliable: Camden Park.

Last year, the carnival ride company All American Rides and Shows skipped town with the fair's deposit money, leaving the fair board scrambling to fill in the gaps.

The fair board took the case to the West Virginia Attorney General.

But since the amusement company is based in Kentucky, getting the money back could take years.

The company was banned from operating in West Virginia after being kicked out of Rib Fest just a few weeks after last year's fair.

They didn't have insurance, and the rides didn't pass safety inspections.

Those are two things Wayne County fair goers don't have to worry about this year.

The park says all rides are safe and inspected annually.

For $12 a ticket, you can ride at least 20 rides at Camden Park.

The gates open at 4 p.m. every day through Friday. Rides start at 5 p.m., and entertainment begins at 6 every evening.

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