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Spring Fling Rides: Are they safe?

Concerns about rides at the annual Spring Fling have parents on edge.

The festival has become a ritual of sorts for Robert Michaud and his family. The kids are out of school for Spring Break, so what better way to have fun without even leaving the city?

"I wouldn't ride them... My opinion, but I'm pretty sure they are safe," Michard said. 

Bethany Wienbrenner knows all about these "pop-up" rides. She has helped with the setup and breakdown of the festival for the last two years.

"I know the work that goes into building and tearing down; they will make sure everybody's safety is taken care of before they even try to put anybody in there," Wienbrenner said. 

Robin Wallace works with the Columbus Civic Center, and she told us that a lot goes into the setup of carnival events.

"All of these rides have to be safety tested through the state before we are even able to begin the event," Wallace said. 

It took 6 days for the Spring Fling rides to test and get cleared to open. Wallace says that police are also on hand ensure that everyone remains safe. 

"We are working very closes with Columbus Police Department and the grounds are very secure and very safe so it's definitely a safe environment for your kids to come out," Wallace said.

The Spring Fling lasts throughout the rest of the week until this Sunday. 

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