Talent show at the North Carolina State Fair, Raleigh.

An accident on midway ride The Vortex sent five individuals to the hospital and resulted in the arrest of the operator, casting a shadow over the North Carolina State Fair in Raleigh, which also saw attendance dip 3.9 percent to 927,563 compared to last year’s 965,297.

The Vortex was supplied by an independent contractor, Family Attractions Amusement Co. of Valdosta, Ga., and not the carnival that provided most of the rides,...

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