Trip Report: 2014 Kenilworth Fire Dept. Carnival

Kenilworth Fire Dept FairOn Saturday, August 23rd, I headed over the Fire Department carnival in Kenilworth, NJ. I had found out about this fair last year and it was pretty tough to pass up being a relatively quick ride.

I left for the fair at around 7:30pm, arrived 20 minutes later and parked a few blocks away from the fair. Blue Sky Amusements was doing the fair (my third BSA carnival this year!) and the fair had…

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News: Six Flags Great Adventure to add Looping Dragon in 2015

Looping Dragon - Six Flags Great AdventureSix Flags Great Adventure announced today the addition of a new ride for the 2015 season. Looping Dragon, a Larson 22 meter Fireball model, will be placed in the Golden Kingdom section of the park, around the former location of Rolling Thunder which was removed this past off season. The ride will feature “face-off” style seating and “heart pounding” 360 degree loops.

It will be Great Adventure’s 13th roller coaster…wait, what?

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Trip Report: 2014 New Jersey State Fair

New Jersey State Fair 2014There seems to be an increasing number of “state fairs” in New Jersey now. There’s “State Fair” Meadowlands, Freedom Fest “State Fair,” and New Jersey “State Fair.” The only one that can really lay claim to the official “state fair” designation is the New Jersey State Fair & Sussex County Farm and Horse Show up in Augusta, NJ.

The fair went from August 1 to the 10th. As usual, I went with a couple of my cousins. We arrived at about 12pm on the 6th and redeemed our mega passes at the gate. Reithoffer Shows‘ blue unit was running the midway and the fair had…

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Trip Report: 2014 Feast of Mount Carmel Festival

2014 Berkeley Heights Mount Carmel FestivalThe Mount Carmel Festival in Berkeley Heights, NJ is the one fair that I always know the dates of: July 12 to July 16. More notably, it always…always, ends on the 16th, the feast day of Mount Carmel. This means that sometimes the event has weird days, like starting on a Saturday and ending on Wednesday, like it did this year.

Ace Amusements had the midway once again. I was going to bike over on Wednesday to check out the racked rides and maybe some buildup, but they were already mostly setup by Tuesday, the 8th! No point in biking over now, so I just headed over on Sunday, the 13th. The fair had…

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Trip Report: 2014 State Fair Meadowlands

Skyride - State Fair MeadowlandsThis trip report marks a milestone of The DoD3. The State Fair Meadowlands is the first fair to have 10 years worth of trip reports on this site. Of course, my early trip reports were awful, but there’s 10 years of em’ nonetheless!

State Fair Meadowlands, located in the parking lot of Metlife Stadium, is the largest fair in New Jersey. It’s not the actual “state fair” of New Jersey, but for ride lovers, it’s the fair to go to. It’s been getting better each year since 2010 and this year was one of the best with a massive midway of rides, many shows, more food than one could choose from (including deep fried…everything), and much more.

Three shows came together to provide rides, the main operator Amusements of America along with Strates Shows and Reithoffer Shows each booking in some of their rides. The fair had…

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