A judge Tuesday approved a nearly $3.4million settlement in a suit filed on behalf of five children injured in a carnival ride accident at the 2008 Calaveras County Fair.
According to court documents, Brass Ring Amusements, Chance Rides Manufacturing and North American Amusements will pay $3.375 million to Robert and Deena Milligan, whose five children were injured in the accident. Slightly more than $1 million of that will go to Corsiglia, McMahon & Allard, the law firm that represented the Milligans.
On May 16, 2008, the Yo-Yo ride at the Calaveras County Fair dropped its arms while the ride was still moving, dragging the chairs dangling at the end of the arms across the ground.
The North Carolina State Fair’s take from Powers Great American Midways, the carnival operator at this year’s event, is nearly $4.1 million, according to spokesman Brian Long.
The fair already had announced that its attendance at the event topped the 1 million mark. But the carnival operator’s tab is based on the number of paid attendees, which clocked in at 788,318.
For the first time ever, the North Carolina State Fair has surpassed the 1 million mark in total attendance. Over the course of the fair’s 11-day run 1,091,887 went through the gates.
Going into the final day of the event on Sunday, the fair had already set a new attendance record. State Agriculture Department Spokesman Brian Long said the good weather helped. “Last year we had some cold weather, we had some rainy weather and this year really we’ve had, with minor exception, just fantastic weather the whole time. It’s just really made a difference,” said Long.