Tulsa State Fair gets a portable roller coaster this year

Posted Tuesday, September 28, 2010 11:44 AM | Contributed by Jeff

The Tulsa State Fair lost its signature roller coaster three years ago when the Zingo at Bell's Amusement Park was dismantled. However, patrons of this year's fair can ride a new roller coaster - one assembled specifically for them. The roller coaster, when assembled, is about 240 feet long and 60 feet tall. Murphy said 10 tractor-trailer rigs were needed to carry the Comet II from the Wisconsin State Fair to the Tulsa fairgrounds.

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Tuesday, September 28, 2010 12:08 PM

240' long? Wacky Worms are longer....thinking it MEANT to say 2400'... ;)

edit: After the way the board treated the Bells, they should get RC-48!

Last edited by rollergator, Tuesday, September 28, 2010 12:09 PM
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Tuesday, September 28, 2010 12:42 PM

If it's the same one Murphy brought to Wisconsin, then it is the defunct Old Indiana's Wildcat coaster.

Another iffy on this one is that Bell's had a Wildcat that I think had a tragic accident on a few years back. We'll see how this is received.

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Tuesday, September 28, 2010 3:32 PM

Yeah, this isn't going as well as the Fair Board wanted. They are trying to create a media blitz on the ride, but eveyone sees that it is just like the "small" coaster that Bell's had. There is a slight height difference, but overall, it's the same ride.

No one won when Bell's left. Zingo is sitting in a field in Catoosa rotting away, The Bell's family can't rebuild, and at this point propbably won't be able to sell any of the rides. Since Murphy has no competition on the midway, the fair has suffered. What was once a unique midway is nothing more than a large carnival.

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Tuesday, September 28, 2010 5:02 PM

Maybe they mean the coaster's footprint is 240' long as opposed to the length of the track.

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Tuesday, September 28, 2010 5:09 PM

^That would be 60' x 40' - still not much bigger than a Wacky Worm...WoF's has a listed track length of 444', so my math is pretty close.

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Wednesday, September 29, 2010 12:47 AM

Bell's didn't "leave," they were booted out by the fair board not renewing their lease. And I still can't believe there wasn't something improper about the relationship between this Murphy guy and the board.

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Wednesday, September 29, 2010 10:27 AM

Re: "Improper relationship". It looked like a skunk, walked like a skunk, talked like a skunk, and most certainly smelled like a skunk...I fully expected a lawsuit to be filed on behalf of the Bells.

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