A zipline is being mulled over by the Lorain County Fair board for a possible debut in time for the big event in August.
At a May 10 meeting, chairman of concession Kim Meyers laid out a plan that would not only use the zipline at August’s fair, but also as an attraction that could be touted at other times throughout the year.
Fair reps have already met with Common Ground, which has a zipline facility on Baird Road in Camden Township just west of Oberlin.
“They’re quite popular out there,” said Meyers. “The zipline is something that we’ve been thinking about for a while. It would be a joint venture with the fair but would actually be run by Common Ground.”
The approximate cost of the project is between $8,ooo and 10,000 — taking into account installation procedures such as cement work and lighting.
Ride-goers are expected to be charged about $10, according to Meyers.
“We’re in the process right now of looking at all of the components that will be needed for the zipline. This includes the poles, which will be 40 to 50 feet high, as well as a lift or stairway-platform combination to take riders up to the starting point,” he said.
Common Ground will provide equipment like safety harnesses, gloves, and helmets. Safety standards and proper certification, which is handled by the Ohio Department of Agriculture, will also come into play.
“We’re very optimistic that this will be put in place in time for the fair. There has been mutual interest between this board and Common Ground for a long time,” said Meyers.
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File photo Common Grounds’ ziplines, tried here a couple of years ago by former Enterprise reporter Caitlyn Barnett, could come to the Lorain County Fair this fall.