Vendors and rides at the Big Fresno Fair going through final inspections before the gates open

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In between all the hustle and bustle that comes along with getting ready for opening day the last day before the Big Fresno Fair opens is known as inspection day. (KFSN)

In between all the hustle and bustle that comes along with getting ready for opening day the last day before the Big Fresno Fair opens is known as inspection day.

The rides, food, and livestock undergo thorough inspections to ensure safety. Deputy Manager Lauri King wants fair goers to know the constant check-ups are for good reason.

"The health and safety of our patrons is the number one priority, so we go the extra mile to make sure that each one of our partners that meets all of the standards."

A team of experienced inspectors and officials check out every ride before opening day and every day during the fair.

"Right now I found some latches this morning that I wasn't quite happy with and took one of the tubs a part and we're working on it right now," said John Dodson, Ride Safety Consultant.

Dodson has 30 years experience traveling North American making sure rides are safe.

"We look at everything we possibly can. We're going to look at the sweeps, we go on to the centers, we are going to look at the carriers. If it's a roller coaster car, if it's a scrambler seat or a Himalaya tub."

Fair food is extreme and vendors can expect visits from the local health department before the fair and at any time thereafter.

Albert Miroo 's food booth will go through 28,000 pounds of hot dogs during the fair's 12-day run.

"The main thing is we have to clean everything up. Cleanliness is number one because the health department is very tough and we want to pass our inspection."

Not everyone enjoys the inspection process. Veterinarian Stephanie Murphy has been poking and prodding animals at the fair for the last three decades

"We have to keep the animals looking good to the public and also have to keep them healthy and a good meat source. So it's very important what drugs we use and how we give them."

Fair officials want you to know the food, rides, and livestock and all the fair fun will be ready to go when these gates open Wednesday at 11:00 a.m.

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