Assembling 30 carnival attractions in a matter of days isn't exactly a thrill ride.
That's why workers with Kissel Entertainment were scurrying around the fairgrounds Wednesday afternoon to get a few of the rides up and running as soon as possible.
"The carousel isn't too bad," said worker Christian van der Westhuizen while hanging mirrors with lights. "If we work straight through, we can finish in five hours. The Thunderbolt is the longest ride. That will take us two days."
The excitement of the annual Warren County A&L Fair gets underway Friday with the carnival set to open Monday night. When visitors arrive, it's a good chance they'll be thirsty.
"We have six tractor trailers filled with cannisters for the fair," said Dr Pepper employee Kenny Lyle while working to get a soft drink machine at the Lions Club booth operational.
Fair Board member Steve Grandey was helping to beautify the area around Grandstand Arena on Wednesday. He was also keeping an eye on Hurricane Irma and possible rain.
"If it makes a path up the middle of the state, we'll get a bunch of rain during the week," said Grandey, who has been a Fair Board member for more than 40 years. "We had a bad storm hit in 1994 and only had three dry days out of eight. Hurricane Fred came through in '81, but that was pretty much one day of rain and it was gone."
While a number of people were busy making last-minute preparations on Wednesday, Grandey pointed out Fair Board members have been working every Saturday since May to maintain the fairgrounds.
The Loyal Order of the Moose will have a fair booth for the first time, taking over the spot long operated by the Jaycees. Moose Lodge volunteers say the booth will be open Friday night for the Preteen Fairest of the Fair Pageant, the fair's first major event. Among menu items they want to promote is a mouth-watering baked potato topped with BBQ.
If visitors don't like the thought of being without wifi, even during the candy-apple thrills of the fair, Ben Lomand will have its wifi van set up to offer free wifi.
"It pretty much will cover the whole grandstand area and reach some of the food booths," said Ben Lomand representative Karen Wilson. "The wifi van has become very popular. We've taken it to four or five events in the last six weeks. It will be at the fair every day, Friday through the next Saturday."
Ben Lomand employee Jeff Carter was hard at work Wednesday making sure food booths were equipped with TV connections. Ben Lomand offers the service for free to those who request it.
"It's hard enough to get fair volunteers as it is so the TV service is something we provide if it's requested," said Wilson.
With the UT-Florida game a staple for the second Saturday of the fair, many football fans appreciate getting to catch some of the game in between fair activities.