STRONGSVILLE – If you enjoyed the Homecoming Festival rides last year, you’re in for a real treat, because Bates Bros. Amusement will again serve as the festival’s ride operator.
Brad Dallman, general manager for Bates Bros., said the company is proud to return to Strongsville a second year.
“We want to be there for many years to come. The festival committee, the Chamber, even the public, everyone was great to work with, and all the neighboring businesses,” he said. “We definitely appreciated being there and are looking forward to making it a traditional stop for us.”
This year’s ride line-up will include some big thrills such as the Cliffhanger, the Frenzy, which is the only one of its kind in the U.S. and was featured at the I-X Indoor Amusement Park for first time this year, and the drop tower Shock Drop.
There will be plenty of kiddie rides to keep the youngsters entertained too. New rides include the Crazy Cabs just purchased this year, a Safari Bus, Dragon Wagon, a Ferris wheel, Scooter bumper cars and a merry-go-round.
“We’ll have 14-16 rides, depending on space,” Dallman said.
All-day ride passes are $20, but individual ride tickets are also available for purchase.
Bates Bros. Amusement is a popular name in the industry locally. The company provides the rides for the I-X Indoor Amusement Park held each spring and other local events such as Brunswick Summer Celebration, the Wadsworth Blue Tip Festival and the Medina County Fair.
In addition to rides, Dallman said Bates Bros. will bring food trailers selling funnel cakes, popcorn, cotton candy, hot and corn dogs, French fries, chicken tenders, stromboli and pizza.
Bates Bros. will also have eight or so family games: win a goldfish, duck pond, a fishing game to catch an artificial crocodile, a water race game, basketball shooting, etc.
Amy Ferree, executive director of the Strongsville Chamber of Commerce, said the Chamber is proud to welcome back Bates Bros. after a successful inaugural run.
“Last year was excellent,” she said. “We had so many compliments on the rides and the food and just how polite all the workers were. It was just fabulous.”