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Tilt-A-Whirl! Brief History Behind My Favorite Fair Ride

Tilt-A-Whirl
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I couldn’t tell you how many times I’ve tilted and whirled over the years, but I had no idea my favorite ride was invented in Minnesota.

Like every year when I attend a fair or carnival, this year at the fair I rode the Tilt-A-Whirl at least four times.

While waiting in front of the line, right by the gate, the ride gate keeper had just closed I noticed a sign that said: History of the Tilt-A-Whirl.

As soon as I started reading, the spinning carts screeched to a halt, and I only caught the guys name, but it did leave me wondering where my favorite ride originated.

The birth of this dizzy inducing ride according to Wikipedia:

Herbert W. Sellner, a woodworker and maker of water slides, invented the Tilt-A-Whirl in 1926 at his Fairibult, Minnesota, home. In 1927, the first 14 Tilt-A-Whirls were built in Herbert’s basement and yard. Sellner Manufaturing opened its factory in Faribault and the ride debuted at the Minnesota State Fair.

For the entire Wikipedia story click here.

All these years I had been riding this ride, and I had no idea it had been invented so close to me.

Some people enjoy rides that go high, or fast, but I like something that will make me feel like I’m going to fall over when I get off.

The Tilt-A-Whirl is like a metal merry-go round on steroids, that’s how I would describe this classic ride.

Thank you Mr. Sellner, your invention has brought screams of joy, laughter, and a few lunch losing dustings to so many of us.

Sources: Wikipedia


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