LOWVILLE Hed just traveled 40 hours and slept a mere four, but Philip B. Shane was hard at work at the Lewis County Fair on Wednesday, helping set up an amusement ride he recently sold to Coleman Bros. He was sweaty and dirty, but clearly excited to talk about Twin Flip, one of only two traveling rides like it in the world.
What doesnt it do? he said when asked to describe the ride hes operated for the last five years in Australia. It goes around. It goes upside down and sideways.
With all that spinning and flipping, do a lot of riders get sick?
No, we reprogrammed it so it doesnt make people get sick, Mr. Shane joked. Though it looks dizzying, he categorized it as more of a thrill ride than anything else.
It may be scary looking, Mr. Shane said, but its a safe ride. We have a great safety system, he said.
The work, which included not only the setup but conversion to U.S. power, was nearing completion Wednesday evening. Before fairgoers can take a spin, however, it has to be inspected. Mr. Shane said he was hopeful it will make its U.S. debut either tonight or Friday morning.
The Lewis County Fair continues through Saturday. For a full schedule of events, visit www.lewiscountyfair.org.