Ride makes its debut at fair

Techno Jump’s wild ride thrills children and adults alike.
Thursday, August 19, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 8:26 p.m. CDT, Monday, July 14, 2008

The Techno Jump is making its Missouri debut this week at the state fair in Sedalia. Located in the middle of the Midway, the red, purple and orange jeweled creature has 14 flailing arms. At the end of each arm is a three-person seat. The arms spin in a circle and toss riders up and down at varied heights and speeds.

“It was awesome,” said 17-year-old Wendy Dickey of Fayette. “But don’t eat ice cream before you ride.”

The Techno Jump begins by spinning slowly. It raises its arms, drops them swiftly and then tosses them back up while spinning faster. Riders bounce against lap bars that keep them from flying from their seats.

Joe Greenwalt, who operates the Techno Jump, said the ride moves its arms up and down at six different speeds. He said the name comes from the synchronized bouncing of the arms. But despite the motion, no one has gotten sick yet.

“It’s been packed all day long,” Greenwalt said. “Kids and adults love this ride.”

Techno Jump mechanic Fred Fitz says the ride is made in Italy. Before riders start arriving around noon, Fitz helps Greenwald get the creature ready for the day and does a safety check.

Cody Walker, 12, of Smithton said the ride was worth the $5 even though his stomach hadn’t recovered from being bounced around.

“When it went up and down, I got a little queasy,” Cody said.

His brother Ryan, 15, wasn’t as impressed with the Techno Jump. He enjoyed it but said he thought some of the other rides at the fair were more exciting.

In addition to having a strong stomach, you must be 52 inches tall to ride the Techno Jump. The ride costs five tickets. Tickets for midway rides are $1 each or 25 for $20. A 15-ride package can be purchased for $18.

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