Power restored at Anoka Co. Fair, rides were stuck for short time

9:40 PM, Jul 24, 2013   |    comments
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ANOKA, Minn. - A couple of amusement rides became stuck for a short time Wednesday afternoon at the Anoka County Fair. 

Officials say a generator went down just before 4 p.m. Wednesday, causing the "Zipper" and Ferris Wheel to stop with people still on the ride. 

Witnesses say they were stuck for about 20 or 30 minutes. Jake Wheeler, 19, says he was on the Zipper with his girlfriend when everything shut down.

He tells KARE 11, two young girls above him were crying.

"They did not want to be up there. They were crying and pretty upset," he said.

Fair officials gave riders refunds and free drinks and cotton candy, according to Wheeler.

"They were very apologetic," he said.

No one was injured. The power has since been restored.

"We felt bad," said Mike Ahlers, Anoka County Fair spokesperson.

Ahlers tells KARE 11 they were able to get a new generator to start the rides after the original failed.

He says a total of six riders lost power, but four of them are designed to lower right away when the power goes out so riders exited immediately.

"There's absolutely nothing wrong with the rides. We live in Minnesota, this happens a lot. We get some power outages. This just happens to be a generator," he said.

He claims the fair inspects the rides every day, which is mandated by state law.

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