LIMA — Two new rides will make their debut at the Allen County Fair this year as ride company Poor Jack celebrates 50 years in the ride business.
The family owned and operated company is bringing in the Expo Wheel to the fair. The Expo Wheel appears like a regular Ferris wheel but features gondola seats. A children’s farm-themed ride will also be added to the Poor Jack family as it features tractor-styled vehicles.
Fairgoers will be able to experience the Expo Wheel among many other rides, such as 1001 Nachts or Freak Out, with the new all-day pass.
Instead of buying separate ride passes for the afternoon and evening, the all-day pass will allow fairgoers to experience the rides at any time during the day.
New rides and all-day passes are not the only things Poor Hack is bringing to the fair this year according to Gary Bohlander, owner of Poor Jack.
“A big part of what our carnival brings to town is family,” Bohlander said. “My dad, Jack Bohlander, actually founded the whole business and my mom is even involved still.”
The company’s success is attributed to Jack’s dedication to creating a business that centered on family and allowed family to live and work together. Bohlander continues the tradition as he works alongside his mother, aunt and siblings and their families.
“I guess it helped that our family kept getting bigger,” Bohlander said.
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