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2013 Coffee Co. Fair: Astro Wheel in the Day | by (aka Brent)
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2013 Coffee Co. Fair: Astro Wheel in the Day

For the photo shown here, the ferris wheel was photographed during the day, although durng the "golden hour" close to an hour before sundown. For this photo, I have attached a variable neutral density filter to my camera, whixh explains the contrast in sky color from one side to the other (a Variable ND filter is two polarizers together, and depending on how it is set can be anywhere from an ND1 to ND64. Mine was positoned close to ND16 for this photo.) For the photos with the wheel in motion, I attempted a daytime blurred motion ferris wheel photo, which doesn't appear to have been tried very often.


In 2013, the Coffee County Fair in Manchester, TN had a midway provided by Kissel Rides and Shows. This is the text of the info marker at the Astro Wheel:

In 1967 the Astro Wheel was designed by Chance Manufacturing, and was built in their Witchita, Kansas facility in 1967. Only nine were ever made. The Astro Wheel was unpopular with Carnival owners of that era, due to the fact, the ride required multiple trailers to transport and the excessive amount of man-hours to assemble the seventy-three foot tall device. Only four are still known to be in existence.


This particular Astro Wheel is believed to be the first one ever manufactured. It was found in a closing amusement park and was headed for certain destruction. Purchased by Kissel Rides and Shows, in 1995, our Astro Wheel quickly became a Midway favorite. Although, 2004 brought about a sad change for the massive ride. The owner at that time decided to retire the machine and replace it with a smaller, more portable wheel. The unique amusement device was once again rescued when Kissel Rides and Shows was purchased in 2005. The new owners set things in motion to not only use the wheel, but to totally restore it to pristine condition.

Fast Facts:

1967 year of manufacture

73 feet tall

2 semi trailers to transport

6 men to assemble

65 kilowatts to power

750-800 passengers per hour

2009 year of renovation

6051 individual lights

153 gallons of paint

2 miles of electrical wire

6 tons of sandblast sand


Please enjoy yourself while riding an Americal Classic.....

The Mighty Giant Astro Wheel


To see all my Astro Wheel photos, look here:

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Taken on September 21, 2013