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Get Thrilled!


By Marie Havenga



Looking for a ticket to ride?


Check out the Coast Guard Festival carnival, that offers options for thrill-seekers and little ones alike.

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Carnival chairperson Scott Klaassen said the 70-foot-tall ferris wheel is a popular option for riders of all ages.


“It’s one of the tallest in the whole state,” Klaassen said. “You can see all the way out to Lake Michigan and all the way up to Grand Isle and the drawbridge. That’s one of the few rides I will actually ride.”


Alma-based Play World operates the Washington Avenue carnival.


Play World owner Jeff Brady said he’s bringing a new attraction for kiddies – a pirate ship ride.


For thrill seekers, there’s the Remix, the Freakout, G-Force and Supershot.


Some of the rides hit serious speeds and are designed for maximum thrills.


“The G-Force ride holds eight people and it’s 88 feet in the air,” Brady said. “You go completely upside down.”


Festival marketing coordinator Madonna Kramer said there’s a thrill for the younger set, too. Disney is introducing its new interactive video game, Infinity, at the Coast Guard Festival July 26-28.


The only other stops for the Infinity tour are Chicago Navy Pier, San Diego, Boston, Washington, D.C., and Times Square in New York City. The game, which features various Disney characters, is scheduled for an Aug. 18 release.


“It’s not even for sale yet and they’re coming to Grand Haven,” Kramer said. “Not a lot of places have a continuing relationship with Disney. That’s a nice little feather in our cap.”