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Carnival introduces the Freak Out ride

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From page DMF30 | May 04, 2014 |

DIXON — What is a fair without the carnival rides and games of chance?

In the swirling, twirling neon of the Butler Amusements carnival, you will discover rides to entertain, or give you a rush, alongside the simple Merry-Go-Round. Who can resist tossing a ball into a basket on the Midway in hopes of winning one of those giant stuffed animals you see teenagers carrying around?

Butler is introducing the Freak Out this year. Towering at 70 feet, the Freak Out seats 16 people and takes them on a thrilling journey into the sky. Passengers are secured by over-the-shoulder harnesses as they dangle in expectation. Once the ride begins, the seats slowly rotate as the entire boom begins to swing horizontally. Passengers swing over the Midway directly overhead of those watching from the front of the ride.

The ride climax is reached as the boom reaches a height of more than 40 feet in the air while the passenger seats rotate.

One of the first sights and sounds to greet you at the Dixon May Fair are the spectacular rides reaching high into the air, twisting clockwise, counter-clockwise, up and down, until they elicit bloodcurdling screams from thrill seekers. Waves of giggles from children will reach your ears as youngsters twirl, dip and bounce in their own special carnival adventure.

Regular health and safety inspections at fairs and festivals ensure high quality for the estimated 350 million people who visit a carnival each year in the United States. The generators that will run the Butler Amusement carnival are equipped to be quieter and more friendly to air quality than the older versions. The new electrical generation system not only emits less air pollutants, but it also cuts drastically the noise level on the Midway.

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