Big roller coaster to wow fair

Fair organizers have brought in some pretty heavy machinery to excite fairgoers this year: The 80-foot-wide Mark 1 roller coaster, one of the largest traveling roller coasters in the western United States, will be coming to town on the beds of four semitrailers.

The six-toboggan coaster is so huge, in fact, that it takes a full week just to set up.

“People will get a lot of joy out of watching the expressions on everyone’s faces as they ride along the corners of the Mark 1 roller coaster,” Fair and Festival Manager Geoff Hinds said. “They can have a lot of fun riding it themselves, too.

The thrill ride can reach speeds of 30 to 40 mph. Wait times for rides are always under 15 minutes at the fair, Hinds said.

“We’ve had the same rides for so long. They’re fun but it will be really cool to have a new rollercoaster in,” said 17-year-old Alyssa Arvin, a member of the Junior Fair Board, which helped bring in the new rides. “I’m really excited.”

Also new this year will be the Roc’n Rapids water flume ride. Guests feeling a little warm can cool off by riding inside a mechanical log downhill into water during the ride’s two drops.

“The county fair is a community celebration. By bringing in new attractions, we’re continuing to please and excite fairgoers that we’ve had for years,” fair spokeswoman Marie Franko said.

Returning this year will be fan favorites such as the eight-story ferris wheel and the 90-foot Drop Tower. The tower ride begins with a fantastic view of the county, Hinds said, and ends with a sudden halt at the ground after free falling.

Another carnival staple is the midway games. Water gun races, sport contests and more can net carnival visitors 4-foot tall stuffed animals, framed pictures and even live goldfish.

Bay Area NewsLocal

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

Former Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs spoke to San Francisco’s new Guaranteed Income Advisory Group on April 16. (Courtesy SFGOV)
City launches task force to explore Universal Basic Income programs

San Francisco on Friday launched a guaranteed income task force that could… Continue reading

Muni’s K-Ingleside line will return six months earlier than previously announced. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)</ins>
K-Ingleside train to return on May 15

Announcement comes on the heels of pressure from Supervisor Myrna Melgar

Demonstrators march from Mission High School towards the San Francisco Police station on Valencia Street. (Jordi Molina/ Special to the S.F. Examiner)
Vigil, march honors those killed by police

Deaths of Daunte Wright, Roger Allen and others prompt renewed calls for defunding

A Recology employee stands at the comapany’s recycling facility on Pier 96 in 2016. (Jessica Christian/2016 S.F. Examiner)
Nuru scandal: Feds charge second former Recology executive with bribery

A second former Recology executive is facing charges for allegedly bribing ex-Public… Continue reading

Skier Andy Padlo crosses a frozen Spicer Reservoir. (Courtesy photo)
Stormy weather tests skiers’ mettle on Dardanelle traverse

Overcoming challenges makes outings more rewarding

Most Read