*MIK*) HAPPENING NOW.., THE FINAL PREPARATIONS ARE UNDERWAY AT THE STATE FAIR FAIRGROUNDS TO MAKE SURE EVERYTHING IS READY FOR TOMORROW’S OPENING DAY. *BROOK*) BUT NEWS 8’S TRAVIS ROBINSON KNOWS IT’S THE FOOD AND THE RIDES THAT YOU REALLY WANT TO HEAR ABOUT. HE JOINS US LIVE AT THE STATE FAIR AFTER HE PERSONALLY INSPECTED SOME FAIR FOOD AND THE MIDWAY. TRAVIS? *TRAVI*) IT WAS TOUGH, BUT I MADE IT THROUGH A WHOLE SMORGASBORD OF FAIR FOOD, AND THE ONLY ROLLER COASTER I HAD TIME FOR, BUT I’M HAPPY TO SAY IT’S GOING TO BE AGOOD YEAR TO COME TO THE FAIR. *TRAVIS ROBINSON REPORTIN*) ((/:)) NO MATTER WHERE YOU TURN WHEN YOUR STOMACH IS RUMBLING THIS YEAR, YOU CAN RELIABLY WALK UP TO ANY VENDOR AND FIND SOME TYPE OF DEEP FRIED GOODNESS. “IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE AT THE FAIR? WE LITERALLY HAVE A DEEP FRIED DAY WHERE WE JUST COME IN, AND IT’S JUST A FUN DAY WHERE OUR KITCHEN’S CLOSED AND WE JUST BRING A BUNCH OF FOOD IN AND WE START DIPPING IT AND FRYING IT AND WE TRY TO SEE WHAT’S GOING TO MAKE THE CUT.” IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR THIS YEAR’S HITS, TRY THE DEEP FRIED CHOCOLATE CHIP ICE CREAM SANDWICHES, BUFFALOADED FRIES, AND MAC DADDY EGGROLLS. SOME PEOPLE CAN EAT ANY DEEP FRIED ITEM AND SAY THEY’VE HAD GOOD FAIR FOOD, BUT A LOT OF THOUGHT GOES INTO FINDING THE BEST WAY TO DEEP FRY SOMETHING THAT TASTES AMAZING. “IT’S REALLY HARD! IT’S REALLY HARD! THE FIELD IS SO COMPETITIVE EVERY YEAR. YOU FEEL LIKE, WHAT ELSE COULD WE DO?” DOING THE SAME THING OVER AND OVER AGAIN ISN’T A BAD THING THOUGH WHEN IT COMES TO THE RIDES. HOMELAND SECURITY HAS BEEN MAKING SURE ALL OF THESE METAL CONTRAPTIONS ARE FIT TO GIVE YOU A THRILL, BUT NOT SEND YOU FLYING OFF THE RAILS. “THING TOO ABOUT A RIDE, IT IS A PIECE OF EQUIPMENT. I MEAN, HOW MANY FO YOU HAVE OLD CARS? DOES YOUR CAR BREAK DOWN? OKAY, A RIDE MAY BREAK DOWN. A MOTOR WILL GO OUT. WE CHECK ALL THE MECHANICAL SAFETIES TO MAKE SURE IF SOMETHING HAPPENS LIKE THAT THAT IT SHUTS ITSELF DOWN THEN WE START EVACUATING PEOPLE OFF OF IT. THAT HAPPENS.” JUST TO MAKE SURE IT WAS ALL WORKING RIGHT, I TESTED OUT THE BULLET TRAIN COSTER, AND EVEN THOUGH THERE WERE SOME SCREAMS “AHH” I’M HAPPY TO REPORT THE RIDE WENT WELL. BUT JUST BECAUSE THEY’RE INSPECTED WELL NOW, DOESN’T MEAN PEOPLE SHOULDN’T BE SKEPTICAL OF ANYTHING ODD THEY SEE. “IF PEOPLE ARE GOING TO RIDE A RIDE, LOOK IT OVER. IF THEY DON’T LIKE SOMETHING, DON’T GET ON IT. REPORT IT. WE HAVE A STICKER ON ALL OF OUR RIDES THAT SAYS IF THEY SEE SOMETHING THAT’S NOT RIGHT, GIVE US A CALL. WE’LL COME OUT AND CHECK IT OUT.” *TRAVI*) ALL OF THESE RIDES SHOULD BE FULLY INSPECTED BY NOON TOMORROW. IF YOU WANT TO PLAN AHEAD FOR YOUR FOOD OPTIONS, I HAVE A VIDEO ON FACEBOOK SHOWING OFF SOME OF THE BIG FOODS TO LOOK FOR. I’M TRAVIS ROBINSON, WISH TV NEWS 8. *BROOK*) HERE’S A LOOK AT WHAT’S GOING ON AT THE FAIRGROUNDS TOMORROW. OPENING CEREMONIES START AT 8-30. IT’S ALSO THE ‘MUSIC FOR ALL’ BAND DAY. PRELIMINARIES GET UNDERWAY AT 9. FINALS START AT 8 P-M. IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR SOMETHING A LITTLE MORE ROCK AND ROLL.. FORMER KISS MEMBER, ACE FREHLEY WILL BE PERFORMING