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      Don't measure up on the fair ride requirements?

      Telling your child 'no' is probably one of the hardest things parents have to do. And, telling them they can't go on the fair rides can also be a challenge.

      "He's at that age now where he wants to do stuff and he wants to get on rides and stuff, but 36 inches, he's not quite there yet," says Allison Bailey.

      Because two-year-old, Ryan doesn't meet the requirements to go on the ride, he'll just be watching from the sidelines today.

      "I have a feeling he is going to have a rough day today," says Bailey. "It's hard because they're old enough to do it, its just they're not tall enough. So, it make it difficult for the parent to tell them 'O h, no you can't go on. But, your cousin who is a year older, can."

      S o, we went to find out why the littlest ones don't make the cut. As you might expect, safety plays a huge part.

      A nd, if you don't meet the minimum requirement of 36 inches, you can forget about riding. T he reason -- the ride manufacturer sets the guidelines and height restrictions.

      E ach height requirement is based on what type of ride it is and which safety restraints they need to use.

      "So, its all done for safety reasons so the restraints fit properly and it will keep them in place while they're riding the ride," says Ed LaSalle, 3rd Party Safety Consultant.

      But, don't get discouraged. There are still tons of things to do at the fair, like the games along the midway, checking out all of the animal exhibits and don't forget the fair food. But, while kids like little Ryan may be out of luck this year, there's always next year. And, try to remember, you're not alone. We've all been there.