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Zooming from the zip line

  • Averi Schnerr of Berwick describes the zip line in one word: "Awesome."
    Averi Schnerr of Berwick describes the zip line in one word: "Awesome."
Published August 07. 2014 01:37PM

While there are plenty of things for parents and grandparents to do at the 15th annual Carbon County Fair, there are countless rides for children of all ages that will leave you dizzy with excitement.

New this year is the zip line, where riders zoom across a 200-foot cable from 32 feet in the air.

For a small fee, anyone can ride, as long as the harness fits securely around the rider's waist.

Dozens fearlessly took on the zip line, and I was one of them.

After climbing the stairs to the top of the tower, I told the operator I had never zip-lined before, and I was planning to write a first hand account of the ride for the local newspaper.

"Great, then this should be interesting," he said with a smile as he latched me onto the cable. Great, I thought.

Thirty-two feet may not seem like a lot, but standing at the start of the line was enough to get my adrenaline pumping as I looked below.

Following instructions to hold my feet up and grasp the rope, I held on tight, mentally apologizing to the person who would use my rope next, since my palms were sweating profusely. The operator opened the trap door, and I said to myself, "Don't look down."

He gave me a countdown: "Three, two, one!"

I lifted my feet, leaned back, and felt the drop in my stomach as gravity took over.

The stop leaves you bouncing at the end of the line, but it wasn't as abrupt as I thought it would be. I breathed a sigh of relief.

It's a quick zip, and for Ryan Tyler of Allentown, one time was not enough. He returned four times until he was satisfied, along with Averi Schnerr of Berwick, who couldn't keep from smiling as she finished all four attempts.

"That was fun," she said.

She even asked for operators to twist her rope, allowing her to spin her way down the zip line.

Jake Crossett of Danielsville said he had zip-lined before at Blue Mountain, but he wanted to try it out at the fair, and he wasn't left disappointed.

If you're still hungry for more pulse-pumping fun, the Yoyo is also new at the fair this year. It's for children only, but I finally convinced the operator to allow me to ride.

The 90-second swing ride is not your average Yoyo, nicknamed the "bumper swings."

For Noah Bollinger of Palmerton, it's his favorite ride.

In my opinion, Noah is a brave little boy. The Yoyo was harder to handle than the zip line, at least for me, as my swing nearly collided with another at the peak of every spin.

The operator told me that adults aren't permitted to ride because most of them beg to stop the ride early. I kept my mouth shut.

I actually enjoyed it, and would recommend the Yoyo to anyone.

According to Alicia Silliman, co-treasurer of the fair association, the ride area on the fairgrounds had to expand in order to make room for the Yoyo's 85-foot circumference.

You can find it next to the zip line.

Today, from 4 to 10 p.m., riders under 12 pay only $12. Friday's ride special is $18 for riders under 12 years. Saturday, from 1 to 10 p.m., children under 12 can ride for $20.

The fair will continue to operate this week from 3 to 11 p.m. today and Friday, and from noon to 11 p.m. on Saturday.

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