For years, spinning rides have been part of most summer carnivals and festivals in central Ohio, including St. Brendan the Navigator Catholic Church's annual parish festival at 4475 Dublin Road in Hilliard.

Last month's fatal ride malfunction at the Ohio State Fair raised awareness and concern about such attractions nationwide, but the St. Brendan Parish Festival will continue to feature rides, according to organizers.

"There was some concern among us about our (amusement) rides," said Bob Peterson, the festival's director of communications.

The parish festival includes a midway of rides, although none move as fast as the Fire Ball, which broke apart on the opening day of the Ohio State Fair on July 26.

Seven riders were injured, and 18-year-old Tyler Jarrell of Reynoldsburg was killed after being thrown into the air.

"We did, of course, have a conversation with the (amusement-ride) providers," Peterson said.

He said the rides would be the same ones that have been at the festival in the past and organizers were comfortable with their safety protocols.

The festival is scheduled from 6 p.m. to midnight Friday, Aug. 11, and Saturday, Aug. 12, at the church campus on the southwest corner of Davidson and Dublin roads.

Parking and admission are free. Live musical entertainment and a silent auction will be among the attractions.

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