Posted: Jul 16, 2013 9:54 AM by Keele Smith
Updated: Jul 16, 2013 9:58 AM
BOZEMAN - The Gallatin County Fair kicks off this week, but not until the rides are in place.
On Monday, setup was underway at the fairgrounds.
"Everybody thinks it's fun and games out here. It's not," carnival worker Melissa Marlow said.
Marlow started working on carnivals seven years ago. She says setting up is no easy task.
"If you're not paying attention to what you're doing, it can kill you. You really have to pay attention to what you're doing. On this ride, if you're not careful, one piece of track could easily break your foot," she said.
The crew members have this process down to a science. They'll put together about 20 rides in just a day and a half. Once the rides are up, a foreman makes sure every nut and bolt is cinched down tight.
"We go back and we re-inspect them about four times then we run the ride then we go back and re-inspect them and then every morning we come out about an hour before opening and re-inspect the rides," foreman Gary Childers said.
Visitors will find the zipper, star trooper and Ferris wheel at this year's fair. Marlow says working on these rides is more than just a job.
"Once we get out here and start doing this, this is our life," Marlow said.
The Gallatin County Fair kicks off on Wednesday. Gates open Wednesday through Saturday at 8 a.m. and at 9 a.m. on Sunday.