Lubbock, TX (KCBD) – Hundreds of people ride the Ferris wheel here at the fair, but not many can say they did it at almost 90 years old. When Helen Thompson heard the fair was coming to town, she had just one wish and it was to take another ride on the Ferris wheel.
"It's been a while since I've been able to," said Helen Thompson who on November 4th will turn 90. "I don't get around quite as well as I used to. My son was talking about the fair and I told him I would love to ride the Ferris wheel again."
"When she heard us talking about the fair she said ‘ooh I'd love to but, I just don't think I can," recalls Thompson's granddaughter Kristi Jones. Determined to make grandmother happy, the family picked her up at home in Plains and brought her to the fair to do exactly what she asked.
"They tell me I don't act my age. But I've never really been this age before so I don't know how to act," chuckles Thompson who was 50 the last time she took a ride on a Ferris wheel.
"They may have an age limit, so stop asking him questions," said Thompson as the KCBD NewsChannel 11 crew inquired about how many people her age ride.
With a little help, Thompson moves from her wheel chair to the line for the Ferris wheel. "You can see everything. It's just great and just enough breeze to be comfy."
Thompson recalls that the iconic Ferris wheel keeps getting bigger and is a little bit faster than she last remembers. The day was about more than just a ride for her, it was a chance to watch her large family enjoy the fair.
"Anything for her," said Jones.
"It's been a fun day. I want to do it again when I'm 100," said Thompson.
Ride operators tell us it has been quite some time since they have had someone close to Thompson's age take a ride on the Ferris wheel.
She did it twice, she had so much fun.
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