One charged after carnival worker attacked at fair

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SHELBY COUNTY, Tenn. — A video on Facebook shows a fight that broke out at the Delta Fair on Sunday afternoon. The video, posted by Greg Ferguson, shows a group of people fighting one of the workers at the "Ring of Fire" ride. Delta Fair representative Mark Lovell confirmed there was a "small altercation." In the video, punches can clearly be seen as well as pushing. Screaming can also be heard. He said some customers were angry at the ride operator for not loading the ride fast enough. Another Delta Fair representative, David Renfro, said the visitors started to fight the operator after the operator told them the ride was full and held them back from trying to get on. "The customers starting hollering and tried to push the operator," Lovell said. "The police removed the unruly customers from the fair and everything when back to normal, with a beautiful final night at the 2015 Delta Fair." Antonio Butler, 24, is charged with assault with bodily harm. Butler's family does not agree with fair leaders' statements. One family member called WREG and claimed the ride operator accused two young girls, who were Butler's family members, of cutting the line. This family member claimed the ride operator was the aggressor. "I don't even think that's rational," Lovell said. Lovell confirmed Amusements of America is the company that provided the rides and many of the workers. WREG called that company, who directed us back to its contacts at the fair. Lovell said the 10-day fair hosted about 250,000 people. He said law enforcement responded quickly to the incident.


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