The North Carolina State Fair announced Wednesday that it will feature the Midway Sky Eye, one of the tallest traveling observation wheels in the USA, at the 2019 fair.
In a release, North Carolina Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler said “It will definitely be something fairgoers aren’t going to want to miss. The wheel is a great addition to all you can see and do at the fair, and I can’t wait to see the view from the top.”
The Midway Sky Eye is a 46M traveling giant wheel owned by Biggest Wheel, LLC., a partnership between Michael Wood and Frank Zaitshik. The Wheel was built by Lamberink of the Netherlands and made its US debut at the 2016 Florida State Fair in Tampa. Annually, the wheel travels to a variety of large scale events including the Minnesota, Wisconsin, Oklahoma, and Florida State Fairs. This year, it made a first time appearance at the Central Florida Fair in Orlando.
Wheel Naming Contest
Traditionally, each fair that the wheel will name the wheel. The Minnesota State Fair refers to the wheel as the Great Big Wheel and the Wisconsin State Fair branded it the Wonder Wheel. North Carolina will follow suit and give the wheel a name that is unique to their fair.
The fair plans to hold a naming contest to help come up a name for the iconic attraction.
“We want fairgoers’ help in naming the wheel,” said fair manager Kent Yelverton. “I’m looking forward to going through all the ideas with our team to pick a name that truly reflects the passion the people of our state have for the fair.”
Through May 8, the public can submit a name for the wheel through the fair’s Facebook page.
The 2019 North Carolina State Fair will be held October 17-27 in Raleigh. Annually, it ranks as one of CarnivalWarehouse.com's Top 50 Fairs, attracting 977,256 visitors in 2018.