According to The News Tribune, the 2016 fair will see a major addition to the lineup of rides: the Grand Wheel, the third and biggest Ferris wheel at the fair.
Ron Burback, Jr., vice president of Fantastic Shows, said the ride should be welcomed by people of all ages, even those — such as himself — who don’t necessarily love to go on the crazier rides.
“There’s not going to be anybody that’s not going to go on the biggest Ferris wheel,” he predicted.
The Grand Wheel, placed by the fair’s classic wooden roller coaster, stands 108 feet tall and features 24 gondolas of various colors.
Organizers asked for the wheel in response to guests requesting that type of ride, fair spokeswoman Stacy Howard said.
“Really, at night, where we’re putting it up, it’ll be great,” she said, referring to the Ferris wheel’s LED lights, which will brighten up the ride at night.
Starting this year, the annual event’s usual crowd of more than 1 million fairgoers will have some extra time to visit the Grand Wheel and the other new features, which range from the Discover the Dinosaurs exhibit to the Agriplex building to python sausage.
The fair has extended its three-week-plus schedule this year to cover Labor Day weekend.
For the first time, it will be closed Tuesdays to “relieve traffic during three work/school days” and to allow vendors, exhibitors and fair superintendents to restock and rest, according to the fair’s website.
Organizers say the fair plans to keep the extended dates for the foreseeable future.
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