Fair officials say safety precautions are in place to make sure everyone has an enjoyable time. An average of 80 Fresno Police Officers are on patrol at the fair. A privately owned security team is also on site.
Fair organizers said two separate safety consultants monitor the rides on the midway, and ride operators undergo background checks.
"A lot of the people have been with the company for 35 years. They have a very good track record with employees," said Deputy Manager of the Big Fresno Fair Laurie King, "I have to be honest, one of the safest places you can be for the 12 days is the fair."
A Valley teen who worked hard on homework is driving away with a sweet reward.
Michelle Harris, a junior at Sanger High School, won a new Toyota Yaris on Wednesday at the fair. She's still working on getting her license and is excited about having a new set of wheels.
All Fresno County high school students with a 4.0 grade point average or higher had a chance to win the car or other prizes in a special raffle drawing at the fair on Wednesday.
Michelle credits her parents for her academic success. "I've been studying hard and, like, trying hard in school and my parents have helped raise me well, I guess."
Michelle says this is the first time she's ever won a raffle. The other Fresno County high school students got into the fair for free.
The Big Fresno Fair runs through Sunday, October 16th.