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New Rides At MontanaFair

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Even as MontanaFair officials choose to focus on food this year, evident with the theme "Pig Out," rides remain a very important part of the week-long event.

"I've been here for 34 straight years myself. I always have a lot of fun. It's a beautiful fairground," said John Hanschen with Thomas Carnival. The company, founded in 1928, provides rides to 46 events in 10 states, according to MontanaFair officials.

John said most rides are designed for either adults or kids, but there is one ride that is designed for the whole family to enjoy.

"It's called The Monster Trucks. It's made by Wisdom Industries in Colorado," said John. "Adults can ride with the kids. It's got the sound effects. You can hear the monster trucks revving up as they get in and go around."

With each new ride, John says there are some shopping involved.

"We go to trade shows. They have a trade show in the fall, and a trade show in the spring," said John. He went on to say the internet has also made an impact on how the industry selects rides.

"You can do it online too. You can select a ride," said John. Once he sets his sights on a ride, however, it's not as easy as just buying it.

"Once word gets out there's a new ride out there that's hot and fun, there's a lot of interest in the new ride," said John. "It can take a little time to get one, but the manufacturers will build them as fast as they can."

Once a ride is bought, they will also need to be transported to various fairs. John says they are normally dismantled into pieces, and taken by one, even two trucks, to fairs across the country. But once it is set up, the buildup of excitement takes over.

"Atmosphere here is as good as it gets. It's a lot of fun to provide the midway here," said John.

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