The state has received three proposals to build a sky ride over the main midway at the fairgrounds in time for next fall’s State Fair.
The ride will carry people in chairs or gondolas strung along cables that run about 1,400 feet from near Gate 8 and the Village of Yesteryear to a point just east of Restaurant Row. It would serve two purposes: Give people a nice view of the fair, as well as carry them over the crowds as they go from one end of the midway to the other.
Fair officials had originally hoped to have a sky ride that circled the fairgrounds at this fall’s fair, but potential bidders indicated that scheme was too complicated. Early last month, the state asked for proposals for a simpler ride, with a single leg across the midway.
The companies that made proposals are American Sky Lifts of Sanford, Skyfair Inc. of Contoocook, N.H., and W.G. Wade Shows Inc. and Powers Great American Midways, which submitted a joint proposal.
The state Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services will review the proposals and recommend one to the Council of State, which must approve a ground lease for the ride. Fair officials hope to make their recommendation in time for the council’s meeting in February.