LIMA — John Turner and his friends were looking for something beyond thrilling.
The Super Shot did the trick.
“That got me pretty good,” Turner said. “It was my first time riding that.”
The Super Shot drops 12 passengers at a time straight down from a height of about 100 feet — sort of like the Power Tower at Cedar Point in miniature.
At the Allen County Fair, the rides are always a big attraction. This year Poor Jack Amusements didn’t add any new marquee rides, but it still provided enough different rigs to spin, twist or carry passengers high into the sky.
Though most rides let you see what thrill (or horror) you’re about to encounter, the Gravitron doesn’t fully reveal its hand. Shaped like a flying saucer, riders enter through a door which folds up into the disc. Once spinning the ride tilts, lifting the rider off the ground.
“It just goes round and round. You’re dizzy when you get off,” Raysean Smith said.
Smith and friend Bryan Holliday were going from ride to ride Sunday. Smith said the Gravitron was fun, but it couldn’t compare to the Hotshot.
“Now that is wild,” he said.
Not all the rides are high-octane thrillers, though. And not all attendees are riders.
Chris Burris, his arms full of inflatable prizes — a green alien, a pink princess crown and a blue and yellow baseball bat — stood in the shade and watched his two kids ride the little circling starships.
“It’s fun, they love it,” Burris said. “It’s the reason we come here.”
His 7-year-old son and 3-year-old daughter always look forward to the rides at the fair.
And while he doesn’t typically ride anything, he did walk through the funhouse with them.
“That’s all right,” he said. “As long as they have fun.”