New Ride Technology at Fair Reassures Safety - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

9/23/08

New Ride Technology at Fair Reassures Safety

So many kids look forward to riding the rides ever year at the fair, and like everything else as technology progresses, so does the engineering on fair rides. 

The 100 foot Super Shot is a favorite at the South Plains Fair, but what some people may not know is that the ride folds down to a 53 foot semi-trailer.

Before the new folding technology a ride like the Super Shot would take up to six people to put it together and the majority of the day to get it done, but now one worker can put it together on their own in a little over two hours.  The new technology really speeds up the inspection of all the rides, and essentially makes safety a must. 

Safety is a very important issue to Miller Spectacular Shows who provides all of the carnival rides at the South Plains Fair.  Owner Freddy Miller says sometimes the safety of a carnival is misconstrued. 

"Safety at a carnival has been a misconception for years. My kids have grown up out here and I'm a fourth generation in this business.  They've grown up riding these rides everyday and safety is number one to us," said Miller. 

Another one of the fold down rides is the Hi-roller. The ride is one of seven here at the South Plains Fair, and a fun fact for you, the Hi-roller was actually built in Plainview, Texas.

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