August 05, 2009 IMLAY CITY — A startling accident during the Circus Pages trapeze performance at the Eastern Michigan Fair prompted concern throughout the community about the well-being of the victim.
Around 5:10 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 4, a member of the Flying Pages trapeze performance troupe fell to the ground during the show.
Though shocked audience members say accident looked very serious, the performer sustained a minor concussion and nothing worse, says Fair Manager Ian Kempf.
"He's absolutely fine," Kempf says. "He had a minor concussion but no broken bones, no internal injuries. He went to the hospital and has been released."
That's good news to fairgoer Anne Marie Giglio who took in the show with her husband and four children.
"We had just started to walk away from the show, the kids were getting antsy," Giglio says. "As we were walking down the midway, my husband heard a thump and then saw him lying there."
Giglio says the sound of the fall was loud, and the trapeze artist appeared to have blood on his head and a hand. Paramedics and emergency personnel came onto the scene via fair cart transportation, she says, and placed the victim on a back board and transported him to an awaiting ambulance.
Giglio says the accident remained on her mind all evening, and her family was concerned about the victim.
"I'm thankful that we walked away when we did because of the kids," she says of her four children ages 6 through 12. "It's just one of those things that you see and it makes you sick to your stomach and you hope the person is going to be okay."
According to Kempf, the young man—believed to be in his early 20s—will be just fine.
"He's going to take it easy for a few days here at the fair but he is doing absolutely fine," Kempf says. "The bottom line is if it was easy, everybody would do it."
The accident did not affect the Flying Pages performance schedule, Kempf says. They continued to do shows on Tuesday, and will perform as scheduled throughout the remainder of the fair.