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Amarillo Tri-State Fair kicks off

2016's Amarillo Tri-State Fair 2016's Amarillo Tri-State Fair
Tri-State Fair president, Tom Spanel Tri-State Fair president, Tom Spanel
David Boydston, owner of Boydston Fair Foods David Boydston, owner of Boydston Fair Foods
Bengal Tigers is one of two new attractions this year at the Tri-State Fair Bengal Tigers is one of two new attractions this year at the Tri-State Fair

David Boydston is no stranger to the fairgrounds, he's been selling deep fried corn dogs since the late 80's. 

"I started working out here when I was in high school," said Boydston. "I started off just running the batter but in 2006 bought out some of the corn dog stands here." 

While working the fairgrounds comes second nature, he says it puts him and his staff through one of their busiest weeks of the year. 

"It's only one week out of the year. So, we don't sleep all week, we just work work work then we rest the rest of the year," said Boydston. 

And he isn't the only one -- In fact many of the vendors and staff start preparing weeks in advance. 

"I think as long as the weather holds out, it will stay successful," said Tri-State Fair president, Tom Spanel. 

Many of the classic rides and attractions are coming back this year, but there will also be some new shows the public can expect to see. 

"We will have a new, nice stunt show and right next to that show is the Bengal tiger exhibit," said Spanel. "From what they have set up, it looks like its going to be a exciting show." 

As hundreds of thousands of people plan to attend this year, one main concern is almost always on the brain -- safety. 

"That is very important, we don't want anybody to get hurt when the come out here the 9 days of the fair," said Spanel. 

All the rides are inspected every day to ensure safety and the people who set up and work the rides, have been working with them for years. So, if something is wrong, they know what to look for and fix it. 

Beyond that, the entire fairgrounds have new cameras installed for Potter County Deputies to monitor, but they aren't just relying on cameras, they plan to patrol the fairgrounds to ensure nothing goes wrong. 

For more information about this year's Amarillo Tri State Fair, click here. 

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