It’s car­ni­val time!

Dodgems, Turbo Boost and Texas Zip­per among op­tions

Whanganui Chronicle - - Front Page - Lau­rel Stow­ell lau­rel.stow­ell@whanganuichron­i­cle.co.nz

The chance to drive dodgems is a good perk for show biz chil­dren Ja­cob and Sa­muel Ma­hon, aged 6 and 5. Ma­hon’s Amuse­ments is in town for the Whanganui Me­ga­fun Car­ni­val at the race­course this week­end.

There will be free en­try to the 17 rides and food stalls which are open to­day from 10am to 5pm and 7pm to 10pm, and to­mor­row from 10am to 4pm.

The two lit­tle boys travel with their mum Liz and dad Paul in a cir­cuit of New Zealand towns ev­ery sum­mer.

“I drive [the dodgems] a lot. I can drive back­wards around the whole track,” Ja­cob said.

Sa­muel is still learn­ing, and can “just about drive them”.

The two do cor­re­spon­dence for the two sum­mer terms ev­ery year, and their mum says they get “itchy feet” to­wards the end of win­ter.

They could be­come the fourth gen­er­a­tion in a fam­ily busi­ness that has set up in Whanganui in the sec­ond week­end in Novem­ber for about 35 years.

This year their car­ni­val is sep­a­rate from the A&P as­so­ci­a­tion show, which Ton­i­marie Heron and oth­ers are re­viv­ing. It will con­sist of horse events and a pet pa­rade on the race­course oval, and starts at 10am to­day and to­mor­row.

The car­ni­val’s 17 rides range from ex­treme to gen­tle.

A walk-through haunted ship is a new

"You are too busy scream­ing to feel sick."

Event man­ager CJ Ma­hon

at­trac­tion. The Turbo Boost was billed as New Zealand’s wildest ride, event man­ager CJ Ma­hon said. It is 40m high and reaches speeds of 120km/h.

“You are too busy scream­ing to feel sick. It’s a next gen­er­a­tion ex­treme thrill ride.”

The Texas Zip­per hasn’t been in Whanganui for the past four years, and is also ex­treme. It has cages that spin in all direc­tions.

“That will make you feel sick. It’s a real thrill-seek­ers’ one, that one.”

Tonight peo­ple will be able to buy a $39 pass and have un­lim­ited rides on ev­ery­thing ex­cept the Turbo Boost.

The car­ni­val’s 25 work­ers in­clude 11 back­pack­ers who get to spend a week each in places like Strat­ford and Cape Pal­liser dur­ing the sum­mer.

Af­ter Whanganui they move to Haw­era, tak­ing in the Waver­ley A&P Show on Novem­ber 13.

Though some A&P as­so­ci­a­tions were strug­gling, plenty were still hold­ing shows ev­ery year, Ma­hon said.

PHOTO / STU­ART MUNRO

Young­sters Sa­muel (left) and Ja­cob Ma­hon travel with (at rear) CJ Ma­hon and their dad Paul Ma­hon.

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