MESHOPPEN TOWNSHIP — The Ferris wheel at the Wyoming County Fair became stuck Sunday evening, according to people at the fairgrounds near Meshoppen.
The Ferris wheel became stuck around 5:30 p.m. Crews used ladder trucks and spent more than three hours getting the dozens of people off the ride. Pictures sent to Newswatch 16 showed the rescue effort.
Tony Bennett had a daughter on the ride. “It’s been a long time. It’s been since 5:30, and it’s been hot. There are a lot of little kids up there.”
Pat Detrick, who had a granddaughter on the Ferris wheel, said, “We were sitting with our back to the ride when we heard a big clunk and it just stopped, and they have been up there for, what, two hours.”
While some passengers rode down in buckets, all eyes were on six-year-old Natalie Evans as she left her grandfather in the sky and climbed 65 feet down a ladder without flinching.
“I was brave,” said Natalie, “because I didn’t look down. I looked at the steps….They tied a rope to me so I didn’t fall.”
Investigators from the state are expected to look into what went wrong with the Ferris wheel.
Labor Day is the last day for this year’s Wyoming County Fair.