155 foot Ferris wheel coming to Wisconsin State Fair
Wisconsin State Fair officials are excited to announce big news for the upcoming fair. North America’s largest traveling Ferris wheel will make its Wisconsin debut at the 2017 Wisconsin State Fair, Thursday, August 3 – Sunday, August 13.
The WonderWheel, presented by Meijer, will be located on the west side of State Fair Park, where the West Side Marketplace previously stood. It will feature 36 fully enclosed, brightly colored gondolas, each with a capacity of six people. One gondola will offer accessible seating. The ride time from start to finish is approximately 10 minutes, and an average of 1,100 people can ride each hour. Rides will cost $5 per person.
The 400,000 lb. ride will certainly be spectacular in and of itself, standing 155 ft. high, 80 ft. wide, and featuring 528,000 vibrant LED lights, but it will also offer a breathtaking view of the city, with visibility of 10 miles or more from the top of the wheel. It will arrive at the Fair Park in 11 fully-loaded semi-trailer trucks the last week of July. Wisconsin State Fair is one of only three fairs at which the ride will be featured in 2017.