Fraser Coast Show to feature $2million European thrill ride
A EUROPEAN ride will make its Australian debut at the Fraser Coast Show on the weekend.
The Avenger, worth almost $2 million, is not for the faint-hearted or weak-stomached; spinning the riders side to side and upside down, "like being in a washing machine" said new owner Caine Brown.
Fraser Coast show president Keryn Staib said the ride was to debut in Sydney a few weeks ago, but due to a shipping delay, it will be ridden by the public for the first time at the Maryborough showgrounds.
Avenger manufacturer KMG is based in Holland and owns rides in at least 30 countries. KMG chief executive officer Albert Kroon travelled to the Fraser Coast to explain how it worked to its new owner.
"It's a new type of ride so we want to explain how to set it up and go through the safety," Mr Kroon said.
"I don't think there's much you can compare it to, except maybe The WipeOut ride at Dreamworld on the Gold Coast, but that one's different again because it's in one place, and this one can be moved by truck and spins more," he said.
Mr Brown said he was feeling nervous about running it.
"It's controlled by a joystick - basically a massive Nintendo game," he said.
"I'm still practising how to make it spin around as many times as possible."
About 150 sites have been booked including show bag stalls, foods and game stalls, for the show.
Crowds are expected to reach 20,000 people.