Trip Report: 2014 St. Bartholomew’s Italian Festival

St. Barts Italian Festival - Scotch Plains, NJThis carnival season went by super quick! Doesn’t feel like it was too long ago when I was visiting the Middlesex Fire Dept. Carnival back in April. St. Bart’s Italian Festival in Scotch Plains, NJ was the last fair I went to in 2014. It’s a small event held by St. Bartholomew’s Catholic church and local Italian clubs. I headed over on a hot and humid Labor Day, September 1st. One of those days that feels like being in a sauna, you know? Majestic Midways was doing the midway and the fair had…

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Trip Report: Six Flags Great Adventure 9/3/2014

SFGAdv Sky RideI have a season pass to Six Flags Great Adventure, however I’ve only went once back in April. I didn’t do a trip report because it was somewhat crowded, I didn’t get on too many rides, and I knew that better trips would likely be had this season.

I saw that Great Adventure was opening on the Tuesday and Wednesday after Labor Day. I heard from a trip report on GAdv Online that the Tuesday after Labor Day last year was pretty dead, so surely the Wednesday they added this year would see even lighter crowds. Right?

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Trip Report: 2014 Great Allentown Fair

Wave Swinger - Great Allentown Fair 2014The Great Allentown Fair in Allentown, PA is one of the very few fairs that I’ll travel out of state for and the last “big” fair I attend each year. Now, at the beginning of the week I didn’t even know if I was going to head over to this as I unfortunately had to put my dog to sleep on Monday. We had a chihuahua that was 15 years old and her numerous ailments finally got the best of her. So needless to say I was kind of bummed and not really in the fairgoing mood. However, as the week went on, I eventually decided to head over on Friday, August 29th.

I left at around 3:30pm and hit a mound of traffic on Route 78. I ended up getting to the fair after 5pm. This time I tried to get field parking offered by the fair, but they reached capacity right as I got there. Luckily there was a lot across the street that was offering $8 for parking, the same as the fair. The midway was done by Powers Great American Midways and had…

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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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