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Interior fair drops contract for carnival rides

By Associated Press 10:47 AM February 25, 2014

Golden Wheel sued the fair following last year's event

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) – Kids may not enjoy carnival rides this year at the Tanana Valley State Fair.

The Fairbanks News-Miner reports (http://bit.ly/OySHym) the fair has dropped its contract with Golden Wheel Amusement after the two sides could not agree on terms.

Golden Wheel is the only Alaska provider of large mechanical rides but fair board president Dave Hoeffel says the fair could bring in rides from another source.

Golden Wheel co-owner Jacqueline Leavitt says she’s disappointed with the decision. She says the contract sought was not much different than past contracts.

Golden Wheel sued the fair following last year’s event, claiming the fair breached its contract by allowing the operation of other attractions. The lawsuit has not been resolved.

Hoeffel says he can’t comment on whether the lawsuit influenced the latest board decision.

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Information from: Fairbanks (Alaska) Daily News-Miner, http://www.newsminer.com

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