Sky Glider headed to east coast

Thursday, August 30, 2012
The Sky Glider on Clay County Fair grounds was disassembled over the course of the past week (Below) and is headed to an amusement park in South Carolina. (Photo by Randy M. Cauthron)

In the midst of all the set-up at the Clay County Fair, there was also some tear apart going on.

The Sky Glider, which transported fairgoers from the north gate to the livestock arena, above the heavily traveled foot traffic on food row, was disassembled and is being prepared for transport.

"There is a separate owner, Sky Fair, and they just decided to remove it," Clay County Fair Manager Jeremy Parsons explained. "They got a chance for a more profitable opportunity. It's that simple."

Work to remove the cables and poles got underway last Friday. The final poles and pieces of equipment are being loaded this week. They will be transported to an amusement park in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

"It was just a financial decision," Parsons said. "Sometimes around here with the cooler weather, it's not always conducive for people to be up in the air."

Work on the grounds is increasing with the "world's greatest county fair" set to begin its nine-day run Saturday, Sept. 8.

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  • Too bad. Loved taking my kids up there.

    It's their own fault though that it wasn't more profitable. It was way overpriced. 8 bucks I believe for a round trip.

    I would almost guarantee that if they lowered it to 2 bucks round trip it would be full rather than 15% full.

    -- Posted by financeman on Thu, Aug 30, 2012, at 9:10 AM
  • I agree. I maybe took the family on it once, because for $40 we could have hired our own limo or plane for the 5 minute ride across the fairgrounds (theoretically - it would not be as practically feasible, to be sure).

    I wonder if there is another provider who could come in with something similar. Probably not in time for this fair 10 days away, but before next year. Also quite upsetting they could not wait until after our fair to move it to SC. They'd have had plenty of season left there through October/November that would have been warmish.

    -- Posted by AmyPeterson on Thu, Aug 30, 2012, at 2:18 PM
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