November 12, 2000
Alexandria, VA -- The historic Seattle Ferris Wheel, the world's largest portable midway attraction, is coming to Atlanta's Centennial Olympic Park for fun and to raise money for a good cause during IAAPA 2000, the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) 82nd annual convention and trade show November 15 - 18.
As part of the activities for IAAPA 2000, which will be held in the Georgia World Congress Center and Georgia Dome, James H. Drew Exposition of Augusta, Georgia, will set their newly restored Ferris Wheel in Centennial Olympic Park
as a special treat to the Atlanta community, welcoming everyone to take a ride on the company's one-of-a- kind attraction.
To make each ride even more magical, all proceeds raised from the $2 ticket sales will be donated to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Greater Atlanta* and Give Kids The World of Kissimmee, Florida, two non-profit organizations that make wishes come true for children with life-threatening illnesses.
The original prototype of the Seattle Wheel was built for the futuristic
midway at the 1962 World's Fair in Seattle. When the fair ended, the original wheel was shipped to Allen Herschel company where a complete re-design of the ride was undertaken, resulting in the one and only production model that will visit Centennial Olympic Park. Most recently, this magical attraction has undergone a total and exhaustive two-year restoration, and returned to service with the Drew Exposition held in June 2000.
Dr. Norman Anderson, acknowledged as the world's leading authority on Ferris Wheels has described the Seattle Wheel, with its artistic wishbone design, curved seats, 3,000 lights and bright colors as, "The most elegant and unique Ferris Wheel ever built on Planet Earth!"
Everyone is welcome take a spin on the Seattle Wheel in Centennial Olympic
Park beginning November 15 through November 17 from noon to 8:00 p.m., and 9:00
a.m. to 4:00 p.m., November 18.