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Offline r1981474  
#16 Posted : Wednesday, March 20, 2013 11:50:21 AM(UTC)
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Did United Shows have signs on their wheel too?
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#17 Posted : Wednesday, March 20, 2013 1:04:19 PM(UTC)
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The company that built the Conklin and Deggeller wheel was "J. Bakker Denny" I may have spelled that wrong. They also built the Giant Wheel for the 84 Worlds Fair in Knoxville. (side note to that wheel.... the spokes fell off the ship on the way over and the mfg had to re-make them and then flew them into Knoxville in the belly of a giant plane where the whole front of the plane lifted up and the spokes pulled out.) On the Facebook group "Forgotten Rides" I posted several press releases for Conklin's rides and the wheel was one of them. I believe it's covered in that sheet. (You must be a member of the face book group to access it)

When Deggeller got their Wheel it came with an old truck that would not pass DOT regs. They finally agreed to let them take it from the port if Deggeller cut the truck up once they got it back to WQ's.

Deggellers Chance Giant Wheel was new in '93 and that was the year they sold off the other wheel

As for no lights on the wheel in Ohio... Conklins Giant Wheel's lights had to be put on after the wheel went up and they would strip them down the night before ( Crazy huh)
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#18 Posted : Wednesday, March 20, 2013 2:06:10 PM(UTC)
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Kroon made Strates wheel didn't they?

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#19 Posted : Wednesday, March 20, 2013 4:28:51 PM(UTC)
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The company that built the Conklin and Deggeller wheel was "J. Bakker Denny" I may have spelled that wrong. They also built the Giant Wheel for the 84 Worlds Fair in Knoxville. (side note to that wheel.... the spokes fell off the ship on the way over and the mfg had to re-make them and then flew them into Knoxville in the belly of a giant plane where the whole front of the plane lifted up and the spokes pulled out.) On the Facebook group "Forgotten Rides" I posted several press releases for Conklin's rides and the wheel was one of them. I believe it's covered in that sheet. (You must be a member of the face book group to access it)

When Deggeller got their Wheel it came with an old truck that would not pass DOT regs. They finally agreed to let them take it from the port if Deggeller cut the truck up once they got it back to WQ's.

Deggellers Chance Giant Wheel was new in '93 and that was the year they sold off the other wheel

As for no lights on the wheel in Ohio... Conklins Giant Wheel's lights had to be put on after the wheel went up and they would strip them down the night before ( Crazy huh)


That would be J. Bakker-Denies BV, Scott. The 84 World's Fair wheel was actually built by Vekoma.

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#20 Posted : Wednesday, March 20, 2013 4:30:24 PM(UTC)
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Kroon made Strates wheel didn't they?



Sign used to say 'InterFair Holland' on it. Related in one form or another to Kroon, from what I'm told.
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Offline Bill P  
#21 Posted : Wednesday, March 20, 2013 4:48:27 PM(UTC)
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Knoxville wheel went to Darien Lake Park in NY, didn't it?
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#22 Posted : Wednesday, March 20, 2013 4:50:21 PM(UTC)
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Strates wheel was delivered in 1986. Delivered to Hamburg, NY except the tubs which were late. Wheel was partially erected at Hamburg that year and first operated at Syracuse [NYSF] which was the next spot.
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#23 Posted : Thursday, March 21, 2013 12:31:26 AM(UTC)
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Knoxville wheel went to Darien Lake Park in NY, didn't it?


Correct, Bill. Largest wheel in North America at the time.

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Offline splitbolt  
#24 Posted : Sunday, March 24, 2013 12:40:12 AM(UTC)
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If I'm not mistaken Cumberland Valley Shows provided the Giant Wheel at SC State Fair with rotating gondalas back when Conklin provided show here.

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Offline skywheel88  
#25 Posted : Wednesday, April 10, 2013 3:31:13 AM(UTC)
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Actually Conklin provided the midway at SC State Fair with Cumberland Valley as book-on and yes, the Gondolas on the Giant Wheel did rotate until they were repainted and locked for the 1980 season.
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