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Lack Of Carnival Rides Won’t Cancel Springfield Fair

Justin Sullivan - Getty Image
Justin Sullivan – Getty Image

Springfield Fair officials say the fair will go on, despite the lack of carnival rides, after the provider backed out of their agreement.

Co-owner Kirk Ritchie said in a post on the fair’s website that the owner of Cushing Amusements sent a one-sentence email, stating that he wouldn’t be showing up. Ritchie says there was no explanation given, and responding emails and phone calls have gone unanswered. The fair owners are working to try and find a replacement ride provider but, the reality is, there may well be no large rides at this year’s fair.

But that doesn’t mean that there won’t be any rides at all. The Moose Maineah monster truck ride will be there, along with wagon rides, pony rides, a mechanical bull, bungee jump ride, and two or three large inflatables. And everything else at the Springfield Fair will go on as scheduled.The truck pulls, exhibits, and attractions will still all be part of the Springfield Fair experience.

It’s a beautiful agricultural fair, that includes live entertainment. This year’s headliner is Adam Wakefield, who finished as runner-up on season 10 of ‘The Voice.’ And, because of the lack of carnival rides, the prices will be lower than in past years. Get all the latest information on the fair’s website or Facebook page. The Springfield Fair runs September 1st to the 4th. This has always been a true country fair, so the change will really take the event back to its roots. Simple country fun!

Ritchie also announced on the website that it may be the final year for the full Springfield Fair.

‘Unless something changes drastically – a new owner if found and/or a good and reputable carnival can be hired, we will probably not be able to run as a full agricultural fair any longer.’

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