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The Way It Was
Interesting facts and numbers:
- The Giant Wheel was the Largest Portable Wheel in North America
- The G Force weighs over 240,000 pounds.
- The Doppel Looping Roller Coaster had 1,700 feet of track.
- If you rode every ride on the Polar Express at the Stampede you would have travelled 835 miles.
- The Super Spectacular rides on the Conklin Midway were imported from Holland, Italy, Germany France and the United States.
- Rides were and still are hugely expensive to purchase. For instance Chance Manufacturing rides.com the top maker of amusement rides quote on a new carousel, their smallest simplest merry-go-round, is $350,000.00 US. To replace the Double Loop Coaster would cost in excess of $5,000,000.00 not including the trailers and equipment to move the ride. To replace all the rides on the Conklin Shows would cost well over $50,000,000.00
- The cost of moving rides, from Fair to Fair, even before the increase in gas, had become almost prohibitive. In 2004 to move the show the 20,000 miles from Florida to the Calgary Stampede and back cost in excess of $5,000,000.00.
- For each $1.00 spent ride coupons Conklin Shows payed the fairs from 25 cents to 35 cents for the privilege of providing the carnival.
- It took ten 350 portable kilowatt generators to operate the show each day. The show generates enough electricity to supply a good sized town of 30,000.