Many families go to local fairs, especially in the summer months. While fairs can be a lot of fun, they can also be dangerous. If your child was injured at a fair, you might want to seek help by filing a personal injury claim. But before you do this, you need to make sure that you were indeed attending a fair, and which type of fair it was. Fairs, festivals, carnivals, and amusement parks can be difficult to distinguish between. On this page, I will define the fair and explain some common types of fairs that you may have attended.

What is a Fair?

A fair, also known as a “funfair” is defined as entertainment activities or commercial activities that people gather to participate in. It is the characteristic of most fairs that they are temporary events that occur on a schedule. For example, a fair might occur on the same day once a year, or there might be a schedule that the fair will run for a few weeks during the summer. Common events that might take place at a fair include games, rides, food, music, etc.

Types of Fairs

There are many different types of fairs that might take place in different locations. Generally, a fair is meant to mobilize a community, and the size of that community might vary. For example, there is the street fair, which will celebrate a neighborhood. Because it is neighborhood oriented, the street fair will likely take place on the main street of the neighborhood.

Then there is the county fair. A county fair generally celebrates the agriculture, animals, food, technology, and recreation of a specific county. The theme of county fairs is still local to that county.

You might also attend a state fair, which is a larger version of a street or county fair. State fairs are usually an annual recreational and competitive gathering of a state. State fairs might include exhibitions that have won a county fair. In many cases, a state fair is held during late summer or early fall.

Are Festivals a Type of Fair?

Many people put festivals and fairs in the same category. Festivals and even carnivals can be considered a type of fair by some. However, I will discuss festivals and carnivals separately, on different pages of this website. You can learn more about these events by checking out those pages.

Getting Help

An injury at a fair is never fun. You go into a fair expecting wholesome family fun, but unfortunately, these events can turn dangerous. Whether there is a problem with the food served, the games or rides, or the exhibitions, injuries can occur at fairs. If this has happened to your family, you should seek medical attention as soon as possible. You might want to seek legal help as well. If you are considering this option, you can contact my office for more information.

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