Journalist Ana Vlastaras took on the sideshow rides but wasn't so sure about the haunted house.
Journalist Ana Vlastaras took on the sideshow rides but wasn't so sure about the haunted house. Daily Examiner

'Power hour' at Grafton Show

I HAVE been a thrill seeker ever since my parents mistakenly bought me a pair of roller blades when I was just seven.

Flying down the steepest hills was what I lived for, so when my editor asked who wanted to take up the challenge of experiencing every ride at this year's Grafton Show I was first to raise my hand.

Amazingly no-one else in the newsroom even bothered to challenge me for the story.

I started big with the Skywalker. It can be described in one word - awesome.

The G-forces were absolutely amazing. There was also a feeling of weightlessness as your legs are completely free. It is not for the faint-hearted, with its velocity and height.

Speed was also a winner and it delivered on the pace front. It goes really high, really fast while you are spinning.

Next was an oldie but a goodie - The Whizzer. It is a good one to go on with friends. You come off that one with a dizzy feeling in your head and I dare you to walk in a straight line afterwards.

You can't go to the show without getting on the dodgems. I even got myself a friend for this one. Four-year-old Mali Mathews tested his driving skills and had some good crashes.

The simulation ride, Exit Enter Explorer, is a good one for little kids, or the faint-hearted. It takes you on a journey under the sea - you even get attacked by a great white shark.

Energy Storm had a tight and fast-turning circle, and you feel a bit of G-force.

My picks from my hour of power were Skywalker and Speed for the fun factor, but make sure you go on one with a friend so you have an ear to scream into.



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