Vertigo sure to thrill Tour de Terrace carnival riders this weekend


Expect plenty of thrills and chills at Tour de Terrace this weekend as Davis Shows Northwest of Clackamas, Ore. brings their traveling carnival to the Mountlake Terrace festival. Included among the attractions this year is a brand-new ride that will take riders more than five stories into the air.

Vertigo is a 60-foot “swing ride” that stands tall on the carnival grounds at Tour de Terrace. Davis Shows Northwest obtained the ride a year-and-a-half ago, but has brought it to Mountlake Terrace for the first time this week.

“There’s going to be lines for that one all three days,” said Davis Shows’ unit manager Jim Parks. Vertigo has eight three-person seats hanging from extended arms protruding from a central tower. The tower rotates as the arms rise to near the top of the structure, sending the swings soaring high above carnival visitors below. Riders must be at least 48” tall and ready for some high-flying excitement to ride Vertigo.

Vertigo drew plenty of attention as it was being test on Wednesday
Vertigo drew plenty of attention as it was being test on Wednesday

The ride is also the first at Davis Shows equipped with LED lights and will light up brighter than any of the other attractions at the carnival this weekend.

Davis Shows Northwest is again bringing a wide selection of carnival rides, for those looking for extreme screams to little ones who may be experiencing their first ride. Height minimums for riders vary and are marked at each ride entrance.

Davis Show crew members began arriving in Mountlake Terrace on Monday to begin setting up the many rides, games and food booths that will operate on the Evergreen Playfield soccer field beginning Friday at 1 p.m. It took the company 50 “loads” (trucks, trailers and motorhomes) to haul all the rides, equipment, supplies and staff members necessary to run the carnival during the three-day festival.

Davis Shows Northwest operates carnivals at dozens of fairs and festivals each year from March through September in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Nevada. Parks calls their annual trip to Tour de Terrace “a good one, for there’s lots of people and lots of money.”

Each ride at this weekend’s carnival takes one ticket for admission; tickets can be purchased on the grounds for $3.75 each or in books of 10 for $32. Parks is quick to point out that the best deal for riders is a wristband pass good for all rides, all day long, for $26.

The carnival is scheduled to run until 11 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

— By Doug Petrowski

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