Fair at Panama City Mall will not open because city says they did not meet safety inspection requirements

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PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WMBB) — An amusement company, ready to set up a fair with rides for the whole family, won’t be opening after all.

Mitchell Brothers Amusements from Louisiana set up rides, games, and food booths at the Panama City Mall parking lot on Friday and were scheduled to that night.

But before they can open, the company needed to apply for permits.

City spokeswoman Caitlin Lawrence told News 13 that Gus Mitchell, owner of Mitchell Brothers Amusements, didn’t meet all the requirements and a city license is contingent on safety inspections from the state, which the city never received.

Lawrence says the city is on standby if the safety inspections go through and will work with Mitchell Brothers Amusements to open as soon as possible.

2020 fair at Panama City Mall temporarily on hold

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WMBB) — The annual Bay County Fair was canceled for the second year in a row, as FEMA trailers from Hurricane Michael are still located on that property.

However, families were looking to enjoy rides and games outdoors as Mitchell Brothers Amusements from Louisiana is hosting a fair at the Panama City Mall.

Mitchell Brothers Amusements spent all day setting up to have a fair here in the Panama City Mall parking lot but will not be able to have the fair for time being.

However, on Friday evening, they received news that they will not be allowed to serve any of the food or let people ride any of their rides.

The issue is due to timing. Gus Mitchell, owner of Mitchell Brothers Amusements, said he is very upset with this news and says the City of Panama City notified them this evening as they were about to open the gates, that their permitting was not passed in time.

Permitting for this type of fair usually takes around 14 days and fair staff here attempted to get approved in only three days.

Mitchell says they had rushed approval of all of the equipment but unfortunately not all of the paperwork they sent to city officials was approved.

Owners of this fair say they are not sure if they are willing to wait several days for their paperwork to get approved, or if they should begin breaking down the rides.

We will keep you updated on our website for what they decide from here on out.

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