Game on! Deputies make sure State Fair games aren’t rigged

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – It’s part of the fair experience. You’ve got to try your luck on at least one game.

But let’s be honest, when most people think about fair games you immediately start wondering if they are rigged.

WNCN tagged along with Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison for some fun but serious game testing.

“We don’t let anybody operate until we inspect them,” said Donnie Harrison, Wake County Sheriff.

The State Fair opens at 3 p.m. Thursday. So on Wednesday, Harrison’s team and a group of very excited kids went booth by booth to make sure every game is safe and winnable.

“Games of chance we don’t allow,” said Harrison.

After all, there’s nothing like putting your skills to test for the chance to win a giant stuffed animal.

“Were here to make sure the opportunity to win is available,” Harrison said.

Even after the Fair starts, deputies will continue to keep watch.

“We spot check on a regular basis,” explained Harrison.

If they find that any of the games are rigged?

“We’ll escort them from the fair,” he added.

On top of ensuring these fair games are fair, the sheriff is also making sure all rules and prices are clearly posted.

His team also checks all the signage to make sure there aren’t any obscene or offensive images.

Every game WNCN checked out seemed to be fair, but that doesn’t mean it’s going to be easy. After all the game owners are here to make money.

The sheriff says if you have a problem or concern at one of the games, you can immediately report it to Fair staff or a deputy and they’ll check it out.

“This is their job,” joked Harrison, “It’s tough to play a man at his own game so that’s why we’re here. To make sure you can win.”

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