I’ve been going to this fair for three years now ever since I found out that Reithoffer Shows‘ orange unit was running the midway. The fair is located next to DeVry University just off of Rt. 1 in North Brunswick, NJ. Being that Route 1 is a pretty major thoroughfare in central Jersey this site gets inundated with Google searches like “what is the fair on route 1”, “route 1 carnival” and “devry carnival” when it comes around.
This year I went to the fair on the final day, Sunday June 24th. I was originally planning to go on Tuesday the 19th for the $10 wristband day but that fell through. I also decided to go to the fair during the day for a change as that Sunday was the Mets vs Yankees, R.A. Dickey vs CC Sabathia matchup that I did not want to miss. I arrived at around 4:15pm, paid the $4 admission and took a stroll around the fair to see what was there. There was…
- Tornado (Huss)
- Wild Mouse
- Freak Out
- Himalaya (Wisdom)
- Giant Wheel
- Power Surge
- Starship 3000
- Cliff Hanger
- Pharaoh’s Fury
- Tornado (Wisdom)
- Bear Affair
- Dizzy Dragons
- Fun Slide
- At least two funhouses
- A plethora of kiddie rides
- A ton of foodstuffs
- Multiple shows (including Sea Lion Splash and Wambalds Amazing Animals)
- Many, many games
Man this was a big fair! The youth sports program of North Brunswick must be loaded with how well this fair seems to do each year. I first took a round of photos before buying ten tickets ($11) to ride Tornado and Tango, two rides I might not see again this year.
I went on the Huss Tornado first and was put in a car with two others. Surprisingly, even though most people on the ride had wristbands, we got a pretty lengthy ride that lasted almost three minutes. The car I was in whipped around like crazy during the slower parts; I’d like to say I had a hand in that by shifting my body weight but who knows on this ride. Since I was riding solo in the seat (two can fit in a seat, four per car) I was thrown from side to side on most occasions, but that makes the ride more fun! Good ride overall, one of the my favorites. As far as Tornado’s appearance it was basically impeccable (it was only redone in 2010.) The backwall had been taken down however, most likely pre-sloughing for the jump later on that night.
Next I went over to the KMG Tango for a spin which was located in this little offshoot of the main midway along with Giant Wheel, Yo-yo and Zipper. Unlike Tornado I was treated to a pitifully short cycle, probably less than a minute. Don’t think it was worth $5.50 in tickets for that length but I knew it was going to be a short ride beforehand. Now it seems like all that bike riding I do has paid off as I rode this without holding on at all. I know that sounds like murder for any guy considering the interesting seating arrangement but I was A-ok afterwards. Good ride overall, I got really disoriented as it flipped and pretty much didn’t know what way I was pointing.
As for other rides: Yo-Yo, to the right of Tango, looked really nice with LED lighting and a white, yellow and blue color scheme. As I’ve noted before it’s probably the nicest Chance Yo-Yo rides around. Giant Wheel was a larger Chance wheel, no single riders allowed of course thanks to regulations aimed to protect people from themselves and shows from overzealous lawyers. Zipper seemed to have dark blue and white lighting with some orange and blue lights on the sign. It was like the boom and support had Yankees colors and the sign Mets colors…yeah, I obviously had the game on my mind.
Lining the back of the midway was Himalaya, Power Surge, Orbiter, Pharaoh’s Fury, Skooters. Wild Mouse and Cliffhanger. I noticed that Wild Mouse had lapbars with some grab bars instead of the usual overhead lapbar I’m used to seeing. Apparently Zamperla bought out Reverchon some time ago and kept the same design while modifying the cars…I honestly had no idea. The fact it was called “Wild Mouse” instead of “Crazy Mouse” (Reverchon’s original name for the coaster) should have tipped me off though. Sitting opposite of the rides above was Starship 3000 and Sizzler, the latter being down the day I went.
Next to Tornado on the left side of the midway was Freak Out, a KMG pendulum ride. Usually this fair has Wild Claw, a KMG Fireball model that travels with Reithoffer’s blue unit, but since Freak Out is on the orange unit it only made sense for it to be present at a fair that the orange unit is playing! Aaaanyway, Freak Out was pretty much your stock version with a white color scheme with multi-colored turbo lighting. I actually don’t think I’ve ever seen a Freak Out themed to anything other than the act of freaking out so I guess it works. As I was at the fair the decorative panels under the ride were being put away in preparation for the tear down. I heard this thing racks onto one trailer; that’s hard to beleive considering how big it is.
The entire front and right side of the fair was lined with kiddie rides and family rides including two Sellner spin rides, namely Bear Affair and Dizzy Dragons. You know a fair is big when there’s two different Sellner spin rides! Games and vendors also took up the spaces in the middle of the paths made by the rides. Restrooms (aka a line of Port-a-Johns) were also located near the front. DoD3 Protip: If you need to use a port-a-john on the final day of a fair…just hold it in; I’ll just say that it wasn’t a pleasant sight. Best part is that the portable sinks outside the toilets had no soap left. Luckily I had some hand sanitizer which I poured generously onto my hands to
kill off any germs…make myself feel better.
When I arrived the crowds were pretty light, but by the time I was ready to leave they were building quickly. I ended up spending nearly three hours at the fair before leaving, picking up a couple of slices of pizza on the way home to prepare for the game. Turns out I could have just went to the fair at night and not miss a thing: Dickey ended up choking, giving up 5 runs to the Yankees. The Mets managed to tie it up but then our wonderful bullpen gave up a run, leading to a 6 – 5 Yankee win. I’ll be honest, I was expecting to see Dickey kill the Yankees lineup so that I could celebrate a win while bathing in schadenfreude, but it just wasn’t to be.
Finally, here’s a video of Tornado: