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Cleaner look at the Tulsa State Fair


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Updated: 9/27/2013 10:56 pm Published: 9/27/2013 9:33 pm


A new look on the Midway at the Tulsa State Fair.

Murphy Brothers Exposition promotes the amusement at the Tulsa State Fair and contracted Wade Shows as the carnival operator.

"It's totally different," said Fairgoer Amy Cox.

Wade Shows brought in more rides, cleaner rides and a clean Midway.

"As soon as we walked in I was like, ‘Wow, this is amazing compared to what we have seen in the past," said Cox.

Wires are not seen stretched open across the Midway.

"Last year we were tripping over the wires," said Cox.

Signs are posted cautioning fairgoers about the wires and many if not all are covered in walkways.

"I love it, it's easier to get around," said Cox.

Fairgoers are noticing the look of the Midway is much sharper.

"It is cleaner and more spread out," said fairgoer Bill Daniels.

Wade Shows also requires higher standards for carnival workers.

"It's a two-way -- you take care of the help, the help takes care of you," said Murphy Brothers co-owner Loretta Murphy.

Ride operators must be clean cut and shaven.

"They do look cleaned up, they are not quite as scruffy. I guess would be a good way to describe it as they were in the past," said Cox.

Workers are required to be drug tested and cannot smoke on the rides or in the booth.

"They work hard; they are out here morning and night," said Murphy.

Fairgoers are noticing all the workers are in the same well-kept uniform.

"I like the blue shirts, the blue and black look good," said Cox.

FOX23 News was told Wade Shows operates like Disneyland, where workers are consistently sweeping up trash to keep the walkways clean.

"It looks more professional," said Daniels.

Promoters say the changes are making it easier to enjoy the fair with the family.

"This is totally nice," said Cox.

There are more rides and extreme rides at the Tulsa State Fair.

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