The Minnesota State Fair announced its lineup of rides and attractions for the Mighty Midway and Kidway at the 2019 Minnesota State Fair.
"We will have two rides that are new to our midway in 2019. Mr. Ed's Magical Midways is bringing in a Zero Gravity and Skerbeck Entertainment Group is bringing in a Sea Ray. 2019 game operators and operations remain largely unchanged in our midway as compared to 2018," stated Jim Sinclair, Fair Deputy General Manager and Midway Coordinator.
"Our Kidway will have no new ride operators or rides in 2019, but we are making some changes in ride layout in an effort to create a more open center area and provide for greater visibility through the entire Kidway" added Sinclair.
Sitting off the Mighty Midway is the iconic five-story Giant Slide, which is celebrating it`s 50th anniversary this year. It is estimated that over 9 million fair visitors have ridden the slide since it opened. The Giant Slide is operated by the Pittroff family and first brought the slide to the fair in 1969. To celebrate the 50th season, special limited-edition commemorative T-shirts and hats will be available outside the slide.
The 2019 Minnesota State Fair runs Aug. 22 - Labor Day, Sept. 2.
The 2019 Mighty Midway and Kidway ride list sorted by operator is as follows:
Alamo Amusements, Inc. (Patrick Sheridan) = 6
B-Thrilled Attractions, LLC (Blake/Katrine McDonagh) = 2
Cristiani Concessions, Inc. (Del Rio Cristiani) = 1
D & K Amusements (Derek/Catherine Long) – 2
Fair Ride Entertainment, LLC (Joey Weaver) = 4
Family Entertainment (Kenneth Bender/Richard Tinsley) = 2
Fun Attractions, LLC (Wayne/Guy McDaniel) = 2
Gopher State Expositions, Inc. (Randy Forcier) = 4
International Attractions (Danny England) = 3
Joyrides, Inc. (Joyce A. Hutchins) = 2
Laser Fair, Inc. (Kyle Wisdom) = 3
Lauther Amusements (Thomas Lauther/Michael Lauther) = 2
Mr. Ed’s Magical Midways, LLC (Mariah Duchow) = 3
Rose’s Rides, LLC (Rose Barton) = 2
S. J. Entertainment (Steve Vander Vorste) = 2
Skerbeck Entertainment Group, Inc. (Jamie Skerbeck) = 4
Tinsley Amusements, Inc. (Richard Tinsley) = 3
Wood Entertainment Company (Michael F. Wood) = 3
Michael F. Wood = 2
2019 Total = 59 (Midway = 29/Kidway (KW) = 30)
* = New Ride & Show Operators in 2019 = 0
** = New Rides & Shows in 2019 = 2