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- Kiddie Rider
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So I have promising this TR for a month... So I guess it's time for me to get to writing it flying at 35,000 ft. Plus what else can this west-coaster do?
All can I say, life got busy all of the sudden... Anyways this TR is about the awesome time we had at the Washington State Fair. But first a coffee for the 3 hour drive there
First off the 1917 carousel
Earl Douglas brought in the first carousel in 1923 on a horse-drawn wagon base, steam powered and featuring a Wurlitzer band organ. Today, this antique carousel has been restored and is now located in its own building in front of the Exposition Hall (now valued at $1.3 million dollars).
The Western Washington Fair in Puyallup owns one of two the state's functioning Philadelphia Toboggan Company carousel, PTC No. 43, produced in 1917.
The fair also has 3 rollercoasters... Wildcat.
And then the cream of the crop... Classic Coaster
Classic Coaster, America's last remaining wooden fairground roller coaster, has a deep, rich history. Famed roller coaster designer John A. Miller (1872-1941) designed and built this exquisite coaster for the 1935 Puyallup Fair. Miller originally designed the coaster as a side-friction ride to accommodate trains from Scenic Railway that once operated at Oaks Park here in Portland.
In 1950, Walker LeRoy updated the track design to accommodate new trains purchased from the defunct Giant Dipper at Happyland Park in Vancouver, British Columbia. Today, these are the only Frederick Church designed coaster trains still in operation
A fire in 1970 destroyed a major section of the coaster as well as several other classic rides. Fortunately, the coaster was quickly rebuilt for that year's fair.
Although well maintained over its long history, John Hinde completely rebuilt and restored the historic 55-foot-high, 2,650-foot-long thrill ride from 2009 through 2013 for future generations to enjoy. And it still runs great.
ACE gave classic coaster award in September of 2013 to Classic Coaster.
What I also love is that fact for around $150 you can buy a Classic Coaster Paver ... This one ACE did cost's $300..
It was a fun day... And if we found ourselves doing nothing on a Saturday in September agian, I think we might head back North.
- Park Chain CEO
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Great TR....hey there is the crappy looping coaster from Santa's Village.
Life is short....have fun!
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