Thought I would open up a discussion on the Round-Up. We talk about a lot of big rides on here, but sometimes miss the good ole major rides.
We had a Round Up on our show, the first one I am not sure of the maker, but all the cages had to removed and racked at one end of the trailer, it was a little smaller unit as well. We sold that one and got a folding Round Up which was much better and faster. We had our painted white on the cages, with a green trailer, and red/yellow boards on the inside. We didn't have the outside running lights on top, but did on the cages and inside and we had the feathers for the crown. About 2 years before the show owner sold out we bought a second folding round up.
I always enjoyed running the round up, sometimes would take them up, then down a bit, and then back up again if it was slow and it was a good crowd. However, with those old ones, I get hit one night in Mount Airey with the puke, those of you that have operated one you know what I am talking about. To make matters worse I had the worse migrain that night and that crap hit my jacket and hat.
Had the "foolish" riders as well, someone trying to switch positions with someone beside them. For those of you that haven't seen a Round-Up its sorta like a Dartron Zero Gravity, little bigger, and when you ran it, you stood on the loading steps, had a switch to start the motor, and then a long bar out from the motor to raise the ride up and let it down.
Anybody got any good stories running a Round-Up, or interesting paint jobs/theming? Don't see a lot of them on the "big" shows anymore, except for maybe the Zero Gravity or that Zendar which I have only seen once at the FSF. Seems like it was a good ride, but when pulled it was a full load, although we used to "sneak" and put an umbrella ride behide it on a ball hitch, only got stopped once pulling it that way.