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Parents unfazed by Corn Festival ride mishap

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    Jackson Berns, left, of Avon Lake, and his friend Mario Orlando, of Avon, enjoy a spin on the mini Ferris wheel Saturday at the North Ridgeville Corn Festival.

    BILL KEATON / CHRONICLE

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NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Some parents at the North Ridgeville Corn Festival on Saturday weren’t concerned that a carnival ride had broken down and injured two children the day before.

The North Ridgeville Fire Department said five children were on a low-speed ride when it made an abrupt stop just after 9 p.m. Friday due to a car coming off of the track.

Two children were examined for minor injuries and released to their parents, authorities said. The Ohio Department of Agriculture Division of Amusement Ride Safety is investigating the incident.

The ride in question — a flat track on which small, colorful trucks served as the seats — remained closed Saturday while the other carnival attractions, with music blaring and lights flashing, flung and spun around festivalgoers.

Though the injuries from the Corn Festival incident were minor in nature, it brought to mind the accident last month at the Ohio State Fair that killed one and injured seven others when the swinging and spinning Fire Ball ride broke apart.

Annemarie Vincent, of North Ridgeville, said she felt OK with her children going on rides because she believed accidents are rare.

“Rides get inspected by the state. I don’t know at what frequency, but you kind of have to look at the statistics. How many kids ride and how many times is there actually a breakdown?” Vincent said. “Accidents happen. My understanding is that was a pretty slow kiddie ride. My kids road it 10 years ago here when they were smaller.

“Things happen, bumps scrapes bruises. Even the rides at Cedar Point break down,” she said.

“I was concerned,” Michelle Nickolay, of Elyria, said. “It’s scary. We were at the fireworks yesterday, but we didn’t know it happened until we saw it on the news. With the one that happened at the (state) fair not too long ago, it makes you think.”

Thomas Burson said he

didn’t feel like he should be nervous sending his daughter on rides even in light of the incident.

“She’s ready to get on them all,” Burson said. “Things happen. Accidents happen, and it seems like everything else is running perfectly fine and safe.”

Contact Jodi Weinberger at 329-7245 or jweinberger@chroniclet.com.

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