I stopped by at the fair held by Corpus Christi Church in Chatham, NJ on Saturday, June 10th. It’s a small fair not too far away from me. I headed up there around quarter after 8 and parked in a neighboring church’s lot. The rides were brought in by Tommy’s Midway and the the fair had…

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I went over to the St. Matthias Parish Carnival in Somerset, NJ on Saturday, May 20th. I had actually gone to this fair last year but never did a report on it for whatever reason; maybe I’ll post the photos from last year sometime. Anyway, I got to the fair at around quarter after 7 and got a spot in the parking lot as opposed to the back overflow lot (aka their soccer field) or street parking. The rides were brought in by Amusements of America and the fair had…

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The hometown’s fair, Our Lady of Peace Parish’s Country Fair, came around from May 10th to May 13th. Something like a week before the fair started, I saw several ride trucks parked in the lot when I biked out that way. Interestingly, one of the racked rides looked like a dark ride that wasn’t setup at the fair. Anyway, I got to the fair twice this year on Thursday and Friday. The rides were brought in by Blue Sky Amusements and the fair had…

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I headed out to my first fair of the year on Saturday, April 29th – the Middlesex Fire Dept Fair in Middlesex, NJ. I headed over at like 8:30pm and parked in the nearby high school’s faculty parking lot, which wasn’t that full despite the fair being crowded. The rides were brought in by Campys Blue Star Amusements and the fair had…

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I headed down to some of the southern shore points in New Jersey this past weekend (January 28 & 29 to be exact) to see what was going on. Here’s what I saw.

Looks like construction is mostly completed of Morey’s Piers’ big off season project in the re-tracking of Fly – The Great Nor’Easter. It’s a Vekoma SLC that was added in 1995 and that has been rough since the get go (like all SLC coasters.) Around 2008, the coaster received new trains with vest style restraints which eliminated the headbanging, but didn’t fix the overall roughness of the ride. The new track looks the same but was manufactured more recently with modern technology and tolerances and should be smoother. The coaster also sports a slightly new color scheme with teal supports instead of the white supports/white track color scheme. The supports actually seem to be dark teal/navy blue on the far end and light teal on the boardwalk end. Interesting. It sure looks better than its salmon color scheme of old. Pieces of Nor’Easter’s old track sat on the beach to the south of the old Hunt’s Pier.

Not much going on in Ocean City other than boardwalk construction. GaleForce, Castaway Cove’s 2016 addition that has yet to open, looks like a pretty neat coaster. Not entirely sure what the hold up is on opening, but I’ll have to get down there and ride it once it does. Wild Waves, a new family coaster surrounding GaleForce, looks to be mostly completed. I actually didn’t know it was a 2017 addition until now. There was some minor beach erosion in front of the dunes from the nor’easter that occurred less than a week before.

Seaside Heights and Seaside Park had quite a bit of construction going on. The Casino Pier expansion is nearing completion with their 2017 Gerstlauer coaster addition partially erected on it. I also saw some pieces laying on the pier for their new, 40 meter (131 foot) Technical Park manufactured Ferris Wheel.

Down in Seaside Park there were some foundations and structures surrounding the boardwalk near The Sawmill along with some pilings out on the beach. Nice to see some action taking place down that way. It’s been relatively desolate down that way since Sandy in 2012 and even more so after the fire in 2013.