2009 - Volume #33, Issue #1, Page #41[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Homemade Carnival Rides
The rides include a ferris wheel, carousel, and swing. The ferris wheel is belt-driven by a small steam engine (out of a popcorn wagon) that's operated by an air compressor. A small Honda generator is used to operate the compressor and boom box, as well as the other rides.
The bears all ride in homemade wooden chairs made from white oak that I cut down on our farm. The chairs on the carrousel go up and down just like they do on a real carrousel. A big golf course-type umbrella forms the carrousel's roof.
Each ride mounts on a separate wooden frame that rides on four metal wheels. (Pat Becker, Pat's Old Engine Shed, 117 N. Second St., Waterford, Wis. 53185 ph 262 534-5713; firstname.lastname@example.org)
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