LIMA — Though no new rides are expected at this year’s fair, Fire Ball will be making a reappearance.
Gary Bohlander of Poor Jack Amusements said they may have been a little ambitious in years past. Last year, three new rides were introduced.
“Honestly I don’t think we have anything that’s new to the fair this year,” he said. “We went a little overboard with new equipment in years past so we’re still getting caught up.”
He did say that their Fire Ball ride was fully refurbished over winter and will return for the first time in a couple years. Fire Ball is a large round roller-coaster-like track where riders can go ‘round and ‘round and eventually upside down.
“This is definitely for those thrill seekers,” Bohlander said.
Fan favorites Freak Out and Wipe Out will return, as well as the classic Ferris wheel and larger Expo Wheel.
“Freak Out is one of the most popular … people always ask me all the time, how do you describe it. I’ve heard it called a pendulum,” Bohlander said. “The seats sort of spin around and the arm swings back and forth. It doesn’t up upside down, but it goes past 90 degrees.”
In terms of safety, Poor Jack Amusement will be continuing what it usually does despite an injury at last year’s fair.
“All the rides have a daily check list that the guys go through before opening every day,” he said. “We do a walk around inspection and make sure all the important parts are working and that’s really it on our part.”
Reach Tara Jones at 567-242-0511.