LIMA — Thrill seekers should be prepared to “freak out” this year at the Allen County Fair.
Poor Jack Amusement will bring its usual 30 rides to the fair, but among them will be the new Freak Out. The company purchased the ride from the Netherlands before this season and it has not disappointed.
“It has been our best ride so far everywhere we have had it out,” said Gary Bohlander, of the family-owned Poor Jack. “We have had a lot more comments on this thing than anything we have done in quite awhile.”
With feet swinging free, riders sit in a seat that rotates while swinging them back and forth, reaching about 75 feet high. The ride swings up to about 120 degree, Bohlander said, feeling like riders are about to be upside down.
“You are not upside down, but close,” he said. “It makes the girls scream. It is a pretty good thrill ride.”
Equipped with LED lights, Bohlander said the ride is especially impressive at night, much more so than any other of the rides.
While Freak Out has been in the country for the last 10 years, Bohlander said the ride is not often seen at county fairs, but instead at state fairs and larger venues. There are not many in Ohio, he said.
Poor Jack will bring rides for children and adults. Many of the old favorites will return, including Wipe Out, The Zipper, Orbiter and 1001 Nachts.
“We are looking for a really good fair this year,” Bohlander said.
Rides open at 4 p.m. Friday. Armband specials are available for $12 and can be used from noon to 5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Aug. 25. Armband specials for Saturday, Sunday and Aug. 23 are $14. Fairgoers can ride from 6 p.m. to closing time every night of the fair for $19.