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High Flying Action at the Panhandle South Plains Fair

Imagine jumping off a ladder 80 feet in the air into a small pool of water only about nine feet deep. Add some flips and flops and somersaults and that's what the fair high-divers do each day.

"The show is called 'Escape from Alcatraz' and it's sort of a diving competition between inmates and guards. It's geared a little bit towards kids, but it's cool still to come see a lot of goofy dives," says Andy Jones. "There's still a lot of more technical stuff, and then at the end there's a high dive. Also at night we have a fire dive where we light somebody on fire and they jump off the tower."

Meet Andy Jones, Jose Antonio Martinez and Bobby Snaglewski.

They come from all across the world to immerse themselves in their passion.

"You can't describe it! It's amazing," Bobby said.

They're members of the dive team that performs death-defying feats from high above the fair every evening.

"I love diving. I love water. I love the high. I love adrenaline," Jose said.

Together they have about three decades of high diving experience. Something they say you need before making the jump from 80 feet in the air into a small pool only 9.5 feet deep.

"You definitely need a lot of diving experience before you get up to the top," Bobby said.  

"You have to learn to scoop safe. That's going through the water and directing your body horizontally as opposed to straight down so that you don't hit the bottom. If your goal is just to do a dive from the top and you know you've got some guts, maybe you can get up there within a year, but you generally want to work your way up nice and slow and stay as safe as you can," Andy said.

Click here for a complete list of events at the Panhandle South Plains Fair.

History of the Panhandle South Plains Fair
It's known as "The Granddaddy of West Texas Fairs" and ranks second only to Dallas' State Fair of Texas in attendance and continuous history. NewsChannel 11's Christy Moreland tells us how the fair got it's start.

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