Published: Mar 14, 2013 4:34 PM EDT
Updated: Mar 14, 2013 4:56 PM EDT

COLLIER COUNTY, Fla.- Organizers say this year, the Collier County Fair is bigger than ever.

"Sometimes the industry gets a bad eye," said Chance Singletary.

Chance Singletary, Marketing Director for the Collier County Fair, said his crew works hard to make the fair the greatest and safest every year.

"Real affordable entertainment for the family so I think that's one reason why we continue to grow," said Singletary.

Singletary said the economy has helped.

"I think it's finally turned around, once a year you get to come to this type of event," said Singletary. "It's a great place to bring the kids out."

And the fair's midway is packed. Food, rides, tigers, and bears, oh my! Even a one-of-a-kind ride.

"It's called the Stinger, it's a pendulum ride it it holds 16 people and goes 360 degrees over the top, it's the only one in the country," said

The Stinger and dozens of other rides go through three days of inspections.

"Every time a carnival ride is disassembled and reassembled, even if its been the same location, you take it down, put it right back up, we have to be inspected by a state inspector," said Ricky Reithoffer, Manager of Reithoffer Rides.

And everyone working the fair is checked out as well.

"We have the Sheriff's department run a background check on everybody who's on our grounds, selling and on the rides," said Charlie Brown, a Fair board member.

"I put my kids on it, I put my family on it," said Singletary.

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