PUYALLUP: Fair visits top high mark, despite accident on ride

Despite a children’s ride accident that injured six people at the Spring Fair in Puyallup on Friday night, the event saw a record number of visitors throughout the weekend.

A total of 118,557 guests showed up to the fair during its four-day run, an increase of 33,291 people over last year. The number of people was also 477 more than came in 2006, which was previously the Spring Fair’s best-attended year.

“People just wanted to come out during the nice weather,” said fair spokeswoman Karen LaFlamme. “They were sick of being inside all the time.”

Attendance remained high even after the Lolly Swing ride in the Kiddyland area tipped over Friday evening, sending six people to the hospital with minor injuries.

All were released later that evening.

An independent inspector is investigating the incident and is expected to release findings to the state Department of Labor and Industries this week, said department spokeswoman Elaine Fischer.

The ride operator, Portland-based Funtastic Rides Inc., has managed all of the rides at the Puyallup Fair for decades, LaFlamme said.

In the more than 20 years she’s worked for the fair, ride accidents have been few, she said. “I can count them on one hand and not even use all the fingers.”

Melissa Santos, The News Tribune