Brayden East, 4, of Boambee, on the Santa Fe.Photo: JoJo Newby
Brayden East, 4, of Boambee, on the Santa Fe.Photo: JoJo Newby

Rides great for adrenaline fix

FOR many younger people, the first thing which springs to mind when the show comes to town is having their stomachs twisted and turned on one of the many rides.

While ride numbers are slightly down this year due to the Coffs Harbour Show being held this weekend too, there is still plenty on offer for the young 'uns (and the young at heart) to get their adrenaline fix.

Classic favourites like the Big Whizzer, The Hurricane and dodgem cars are all there but the ride which was turning heads (and stomachs) last night was the Extreme Speed, a ride with an almost 10-storey tall arm with a carriage at either end which, true to its namesake, windmills around like a ferris wheel gone mad.

Also making a big splash with the thrill-seekers yesterday was the XXXL, which looks like a down-scaled version of The Claw at Dreamworld.

The little ones haven't been forgotten this year either, with plenty of kids' rides, jumping castles, a reptile show and an animal petting zoo.

Taking advantage of the relatively quiet period after lunch yesterday was Grafton mother Katie Kahl and her daughter Grace, aged three, who had just had her first of many rides for the afternoon on the merry-go-round.

“She's a very satisfied customer,” Ms Kahl said.

“She's been impressed with the kids' rides but she's really hanging out for the dodgems now.”

For those less adventurous about the rides, there are plenty of sideshows this year.

Renee and Ray Franklin, of Halfway Creek, were trying their luck yesterday afternoon but having less success than daughter Zahra, 8, who had managed to win a tidy collection of prizes.

“We just can't win, we're doing no good at all,” Renee chuckled. The show continues today.

Ride costs per person

Kiddie Land kids' rides $5

The Big Whizzer $7

The Hurricane $7

Jumping Castle $5

Sidewinder $7

Dodgem Cars $7

Haunted House $5

Tornado $6

Clowns and sideshows from $2



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