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  2. Talley has a Zipper, so the State Fair will have one. http://talleyamusements.com/rides/classes/thrill
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  4. Didn't hear about that, Mr. Roberts. I know you liked that ride.
  5. On a related note: Kissel Bros is no longer supplying rides for Darke County Fair. No more zipper. 😟
  6. This seems like a good choice. Not at all surprised they chose another company after the accident last year, from which a second young person has now passed away, sadly.
  7. I Am A Rider

    Kings Mills Antique Autos: Coming to Coney Mall in 2019!

    Wonder if it will be finished before winter sets in. Looks like they're making good progress.
  8. https://ohiostatefair.com/ride-provider-2019-2022/ Talley Amusements to provide rides at the Ohio State Fair from 2019 through 2022 COLUMBUS – The Ohio Expositions Commission has completed the more than six-month process to select a ride provider for the Ohio State Fair. Today, the commission named Talley Amusements from Fort Worth, Texas, as the carnival ride provider for a four-year contract beginning in 2019. “Talley Amusements is a rising star in the amusement business,” explained Ohio State Fair General Manager Virgil Strickler. “Talley’s commitment to safety, ride maintenance and quality, and professionalism contributed to the company receiving the highest score in our robust selection process.” A Request for Proposal (RFP) was distributed to carnival companies throughout the country in February, with proposals received from five companies: Amusements of America, Belle City Amusements, Kissell Entertainment, Reithoffer Shows and Talley Amusements. A selection team comprised of the executive officers of the Ohio Expositions Commission, as well as four Ohio Expo Center & State Fair staff members, completed a comprehensive process evaluating proposals based on a number of criteria including: Quality of rides, games, shows and other concessions Current operation/management philosophies and polices Past experience and previous performance for the last three years (including daily timeliness of ride, game and attraction opening; frequency which rides and shows are not operating; ride, game and show general appearance; lot cleanliness; personnel cleanliness; proper posting of information and signage) Safety (including current safety policies and procedures as well as a review of all general liability claims and loss run outlining serious injuries or accidents) The top three finalists, Talley Amusements, Amusements of America and Reithoffer Shows, were invited to Columbus to make presentations before the selection team in May. Members of the team then visited each carnival finalist while in operation at a fair in order to view and evaluate rides, record-keeping and operational procedures. “Talley Amusements is honored to be the next amusement provider at the Ohio State Fair,” said Tom Talley, President of Talley Amusements. “We look forward to putting our 200-plus years of combined experience to work, delivering the safest and best-possible entertainment experience, adding another successful chapter to the proud Ohio State Fair tradition. Our commitment to the people of Ohio and the State Fair is to provide a destination experience, while continuing to set establishing industry best-practices for safety and quality.” Talley Amusements has provided rides at many fairs and festivals, including the Iowa State Fair, State Fair of Texas and Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo. Amusements of America provided rides at the Ohio State Fair the previous 26 years, with the most recent contract concluding with the 2018 Ohio State Fair. The Ohio Expo Center is proud to host the Ohio State Fair. With big-name entertainment, educational activities, hundreds of exhibits and one of the largest junior livestock shows in the nation, the 2019 Ohio State Fair will run July 24 – Aug. 4. For more information, visit ohiostatefair.com or call 1-614-644-FAIR or 1-888-OHO-EXPO.
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  10. I Am A Rider

    Kings Mills Antique Autos: Coming to Coney Mall in 2019!

    Oh, very nice, Mr. Roberts. Thanks for posting. Hard to believe it's been gone since 1993. Doesn't seem that long.
  11. Here is the safari pin.
  12. I Am A Rider

    Kings Mills Antique Autos: Coming to Coney Mall in 2019!

    Not sure but think we talked about the pins before, Mr. Roberts. I believe we have a bunch somewhere but don't recall specifics. No, I would not pay that much for one either, but glad you got the Safari one. I might try to check in with a few friends and see if they managed to get one or two, though for sure have no need for more stuff. Thanks for letting me know about this.
  13. They sell collector pins at the park, they're like trucker hat pins or lapel pins, they're made of metal with acrylic paint. This year they had a Lion Country Safari pin and it was the first one that I bought. I try to collect them from the places I go. Kings Island has pins of current rides like Banshee and Diamondback, but they always throw in a few retro rides each year as well, like Screamin' Deamon, King Kobra and the American Eagles. I put off getting The Vortex last year and the park was sold out of them by the second week this year. I'm kind of bummed I missed that one. Probably all bought up by a scalper because some guy is selling them on Ebay for $15.00 each. I'm not paying that much for a pin. But anyway, I was instantly excited when I saw the Safari and bought it first thing.
  14. I Am A Rider

    Kings Mills Antique Autos: Coming to Coney Mall in 2019!

    No, they won't fix what isn't broken, Mr. Roberts. Saw today they received the award for best children's area in the world again. It is nice. I think they could use more flat rides for people who don't like coasters or who aren't able to ride them. Personally I still miss the animals and monorail.
  15. It's not like they're going to introduce a new Peanuts themed Enchanted Voyage, so really, a Sky Ride is all they have left, unless they decide to go with a few flat rides, like a new Rotor or Bavarian Curve. Personally, I wouldn't mind coming across a Butter Cup ride. I remember that being great fun.
  16. I Am A Rider

    Kings Mills Antique Autos: Coming to Coney Mall in 2019!

    I agree, Mr. Roberts. We really enjoyed it.
  17. Now they need to bring back the sky ride.
  18. I Am A Rider

    Kings Mills Antique Autos: Coming to Coney Mall in 2019!

    Not disappointed to see peach basket gone. Nearly impossible to win on that thing. Looks like things are moving fast. Good to have the old cars back.
  19. I Am A Rider

    Kings Mills Antique Autos: Coming to Coney Mall in 2019!

    I knew as soon as I heard something old is new again on the news the day before the announcement that it was the antique cars. They should never have taken them out.
  20. https://www.visitkingsisland.com/play/rides/kings-mills-antique-autos Kings Mills Antique Autos Coming Spring 2019 Kings Island's most beloved attraction, the antique cars ride, is returning to the park in spring 2019. In the new Kings Mills Antique Autos family ride, guests will board replica classic touring cars and take a leisurely drive around a scenic track equipped with a small rail to keep the car on the path. The ride will be comparable to the original Les Taxis antique car ride, combining nostalgia with new enhancements. Kings Mills Antique Autos will be located in Coney Mall, across from the Juke Box Café and alongside The Racer roller coaster. The ride will be a quarter mile in length and last approximately three minutes. The cars are 2/3 scale replicas of the 1911 Ford Model T; though all-new, they will retain the vintage feel of the original Les Taxis. The ride's name, as well as theming throughout the attraction, is expected to enhance the nostalgic experience for riders.
  21. Two-Time Food Network Champ Joins Kings Island as New Executive Chef Park introduces new restaurant, Coney Bar B Que MASON, Ohio – A two-time winner of the Food Network's Chopped reality TV cooking contest and contestant on Alton Brown’s Cutthroat Kitchen, James Major, has taken on the executive chef position at Kings Island. Major is a Culinary Institute of America Certified Pro Chef II, a U.S. Navy veteran, and Ohio native. He previously served as executive chef at Great American Ball Park and Funky’s Catering. “Kings Island has always been a place where family memories are made,” Major said. “It’s an honor for me and my team to have the chance to be creative and provide great food experiences that add to those memories and the fun guests have during their visit.” “In the amusement park industry you’re constantly challenging your team to find new ways to help friends and family come together, and the culinary experience is a big part of that” said Mike Koontz, Kings Island Vice President and General Manager. “Chef Major is here to help create those memorable food and dining options throughout the park that will enhance the guest’s visit.” New Restaurant to Open in Coney Mall Kings Island also is adding the new Coney Bar B Que to the park’s restaurant line-up. This new fast-casual dining location will offer various barbecue favorites including smoked St. Louis-style ribs, pulled pork, rotisserie chicken and Queen City Sausage along with a fresh selection of side dishes. The location is included in the park’s dining plans. Located in the Coney Mall area of the park, next to the Scrambler, the restaurant’s architecture and theming will pay tribute to the early days of Kings Island and Coney Mall. Covered outdoor seating areas will feature views of Coney Mall and the Grand Carousel. The restaurant will open on April 14, the beginning of the 2018 season. Gold Season Passholders will get a sneak preview on April 13.
  22. I Am A Rider

    michigan Great Adventure.

    That's wonderful, Mr. Roberts. So glad you feel well enough to make a trip. Hope you have a safe and fun trip. I'll have to look it up and see what they have that is different.
  23. I should be at Michigan Great Adventure this time next week! It's a new park to me.
  24. SSR1966

    Scariest coaster you have ever been on?

    Top Thrill Dragster.
  25. SSR1966

    Have you ever been on son of beast?

    Maverick.
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