Ok, I have to say, as a long time staff member, one of the things I am most excited about this year is the new SKY RIDE!
We had heard that it was coming for about a year. But after months and months of not seeing anything, we all wondered if it was actually going to happen. As it turns out, all of the rain earlier this year had delayed the installation schedule. Finally, around April, construction teams showed up and for a while all we saw were some really BIG holes in the ground! After that, it all went up pretty quickly and by mid-May, it was completed and just begging to be ridden!
Construction engineers inspected and re-inspected and then ran tests with big bags of water before any humans were allowed to ride. Once it was deemed safe and given the green light, we couldn’t wait to try it out. So, as a surprise at the end of our pre-Fair employee picnic rally in late May, they let us all take it for spin. It was so cool looking down on the Fairgrounds from “up in the trees” and most of our team said that it seemed way higher up there than it looks from the ground!
Anyway, we can’t wait for opening day so everyone else can give it a try. We think you’re going to love it! The ride extends from near the main entrance at the Green Gate to the other side of the grounds at the Yellow Gate where the Kids Park is located. You can get tickets here or online at $5 for a one-way ride or $8 for unlimited rides.
Also new this year just for thrill-seekers is the TURBO — a super tall, super fast, adrenaline-rush ride that spins upside-down at 120 feet in the air. I actually saw it for real today and, boy, does it look intimidating! Probably more than I care to take on, but I know plenty of people who will be standing in line for it, so take a spin, if you dare!
Ride Fans probably already know you can save a ton of money with a Carnival Wristband, which entitles you to unlimited rides all day long, but new this year is the FAST PASS which gives you priority entrance to all rides with no waiting! Fast Passes and Carnival Wristbands are available online now or at the gate and are good for the whole day.
I know you are as excited as we are by now, so we look forward to seeing you soon!