Now that summer is quickly approaching it is inevitable that traveling fairs and carnivals start to spring up all across the country. Such events are staples of Spring and Summer in the United States, fully equipped with carnival games, prizes and—of course—rides.
Throughout the year, many traveling carnivals appear in towns all over the world and a lot of them include amusement rides. Attending carnivals has been a favorite activity among people for decades and rides are appealing to anyone who doesn’t mind getting twirled or tossed around. Some carnivals, like the famous Coney Island, have been in existence for over 100 years and permanently remain in the same location even though they are not open all year round. Other amusement parks come in the form of theme parks, such as those founded by the Walt Disney Company, and are open all year. Yet no matter what kind of amusement park is closest to you, there are a number of classic rides that can be found at mostly any fair!
In May 2013 I wrote a brief article about the history of three popular carnival rides: the carousel, the Ferris wheel and the rollercoaster. This year I am upping the ante and penning additional articles about the histories behind more of the most well-known and beloved rides and amusements.