The Sky Wheel is coming back to the Erie County Fair this year.
The 80-foot high double Ferris Wheel will be at the midway this year, commemorating the 95th year of the James E. Strates Shows at the Erie County Fair.
“The double Ferris wheel is one of the most requested bygone attractions that fairgoers continually ask us to bring back,” Marty Biniasz, Erie County Fair marketing manager, said. “Not only is this rare ride an icon of the Strates Shows midway, it also has a deep Buffalo-Niagara connection as the Sky Wheel ride was once manufactured by the Allan Herschell Co.”
The Sky Wheel debuted at the Erie County Fair in 1963, and was featured until 1994. It made appearances again from 1996 to 1998 but was retired thereafter.
“The Sky Wheel seats 32 people in 16 seats,” said Biniasz. “Riders experience the sensation of a rapid acceleration being propelled into the sky and then the feeling of a free fall as the wheels rotate downwards. Although there have been faster, taller and more modern rides over the decades, the adrenalin rush you get from the Sky Wheel is in a class of its own.”