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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- The Indiana State Fair kicks off for 17 days of fun on Friday, but the day before was all about safety. All 54 amusement rides went through a series of inspections on Thursday making sure they are safe and working properly.

The Indiana Department of Homeland Security conducts yearly inspections on rides and makes periodic inspections throughout the year. Ride operators also conduct a daily opening inspection before the ride is used each day. State inspectors are also on site throughout the duration of the fair.

“Safety is our number one priority for us as well as our vendors that come on site so, it’s really great to see them go through that inspection and to have a collaborative effort in making sure that we’re all safe, " said Lesley Gordon, spokesperson with the Indiana State Fair.

Inspectors say to follow the safety guidelines for each ride, make sure your child is tall enough for the ride and waits for it to come to a complete stop.

Safety is also important when it comes to the food out at the fair. Inspectors make sure the cold items are cold and the hot items are hot and everything in between is germ free.

Papageorge’s Greek Foods has been a vendor for 31 years and they take food safety very seriously.

"You’re on top of it all the time, that’s why I’m here. My son and them, they cook and then I’m on top of everything. I’m checking temps, I’m checking the freezers, pulling out the old and putting in the new which is hardly any, we’re really busy here," said Daphyne Papageorge.

All food vendors, must complete a food safety test in order to feed the masses. “We’re just constantly, constantly on it,” Papageorge explained.

State fair officials remind folks to stay hydrated especially in the hot weather and make sure you keep your hands clean especially after visiting the animals. The hot air balloon race opens the fair Friday morning at the infield at 6:15.

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