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New Look and Feel for 2009 Ozark Empire Fair

The Ozark Empire Fair opened Friday and continues thru Sunday. KSMU’s Theresa Carter was at the opening day ceremonies and has this report...

Each summer, many people look forward to taking in the fun at the Ozark Empire Fair. This year’s theme is “Rock, Roll and Ride” and there’s a whole new look and feel to the fair. Many changes have taken place around the grounds. Ozark Empire Fair board president Craig Dunn talked about some of the changes fair goers can look forward to...

"If you look around you will see that they painted the facilities and cleaned them up. They remodeled and repaired equipement and buildings, and brought the fairgrounds to the conditions that they should be. I am excited about what you are going to see out there this year."

In addition to the new look and feel of the fairgrounds, the new midway provider, Wade Shows, has brought an amusement park feel to the fair. And many new features help fair goers stay cool while having fun. Frank Zaitscik, president and general manager of Wade Shows explains...

"We do a lot of rest areas. We have misting stations. We have plants and flowers and banners. Of course we aren't an amusement park, because we move every week, but we try to provide a safe, clean and fun enviroment."

This year the fair has a full-size roller coaster that’s 140 feel long and 40 feet high, and there are water rides...

"We have 1 of 3 operating water flumes, which is a combination of a roller coaster and water-action ride. For the little guys we have water bumper boats and water canoes."

The Ozark Empire Fair opened Friday and runs thru Sunday, August 9th. The Ozark Empire Fair opened Friday and runs thru Sunday, August 9th. For more information,

or 833-2660.

For KSMU News, I’m Theresa Carter.