Friend of the site Gary sent us some great pictures of the Puyallup Spring Fair in Washington and the VERY RARE opening of The Classic Coaster.
This Coaster is only open a few weeks every year and is really one of those "holy grail" rides for most coaster enthusiasts.
We're just going to share the highlights that Gary sent us (mostly the coasters and rides), but if you'd like to see his full report, you can find it on his website The Traveling Mr. Taylor. I know we have a lot of teachers who are fans of the site, so you may want to check out what else his site has to offer. It's really quite interesting.
Always cool to be driving down the road and seeing a coaster just on the side, especially a classic one such as The Classic Coaster.
Like many parks have done, you can purchase a brick to have a permanent souvenier at the park. But this one actually goes to a really great cause. The proceeds go to the Washington State Fair Foundation to help facilitate educational programs and provide funding for fairground improvements and preservation projects like this one.
The Ace Brick
The Classic Coaster is of course and ACE Roller Coaster Landmark
Built and open in 1935, the Classic Coaster (Also previously known as the Coaster Thrill Ride, or Giant Coaster at times in the past), this coaster originally opened as a side-friction coaster, and would later be modified to accommodate the current trains in the 1940’s when the owner of the coaster purchased them from Oaks Amusement Park in Portland where they had been previously used.
Some great historical information about the coaster is on display.
Rainier Rush is a steel roller coaster from the company Top Fun. This coaster had previously been known as Typhoon when it operated at Santa’s Village in Dundee, IL and at the Los Angeles County Fair. It was opened on the site of the former Kersplash water coaster that once operated in Puyallup.
Finally The Wildcat which was unfortunately not open for Gary's visit.
How about an aeriel view of the Spring Fair. Looks like a lot of great fun to be had.
Thanks again to Gary for sharing these pictures with us. Be sure to check out his report on his website for even more pictures. Hopefully we can have Gary share more with us when the Washington State Fair comes later this year. =)