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Salem Fair upgrades rides, adds new attractions

By Nadine Maeser, nmaeser@wdbj7.com
Published On: Jul 02 2013 08:59:42 PM EDT
Updated On: Jul 03 2013 02:38:41 PM EDT

It's one of many new additions to this year's fair.

SALEM, Va. -

Rain or shine, the show must go on.

In less than 24 hours, the gates will open for the 2013 Salem Fair.

WDBJ 7 got a sneak peak at some of the newest things the fair has in store this year.

"Man, it's awesome,” said Andy Deggeller. “It's awesome."

Deggeller is the general manager for Deggeller Attractions which is the company that runs the fair.

His company just invested $200,000 into the fair’s Ferris wheel.

"You're going to notice it as soon as you come in,” he said. “It's pretty bright and it's pretty spectacular actually."

Deggeller is excited to show off the new lights in this year’s fair.

"It just adds to the overall experience out here, ya know. Everything looks a lot neater. When it’s brighter, it’s more exciting and people have a better time."

Not only does it add to the experience, but it also cuts down on Deggeller's cost to run the fair.

The new LED lights are 60 percent more efficient than the old incandescent lights he replaced.

"They added a lot of different patterns,” he said. “You can look at it for 20 minutes and not see the same thing, too. It's pretty cool."

What's also cool is that Deggeller's team of nearly 200 crew members are already helping to boost business in Salem just in time for opening day and the holiday weekend.

"They have to the restaurants, they have to get groceries and fuel so they're spending money then you add entertainers, you add to that the exhibitors and the independent food vendors, there's about 600 people living here for 2 weeks,” said Director of Civic Facilities Carey Harveycutter.

The fair is also welcoming a brand new ride called Vertigo. It was delivered on Tuesday to the Salem Civic Center and it is more the 80 feet tall.

There will also be new food vendors featuring things from frog legs to fried gummy bears.

The gates open on Wednesday at 4 pm.

Fair officials expect to bring in anywhere from $9 to $11 million dollars over the next two weeks.