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The Friends of Midway, Midway State Park, and the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation have a shared commitment to restoring as many vintage rides as possible at Midway, a trolley park that has been in continuous operation since 1898. Each successful restoration brings us all closer to those treasured memories of the park’s heyday.

Recently, Midway purchased a 1948 Eli Bridge Ferris wheel and a 1960 Herschell Twister ride from Lakemont Park in Altoona, Pennsylvania. Toward a cost of $115,000 for ride repair, siting, and utilities, over $90,000 has been raised, leaving us within sight of the finish line and the goal of erecting and installing these vintage rides for the 2020 park season.

The return of the Ferris wheel to Midway has been a dream for years, as the Ferris wheel has been an anchor on the strand in many amusement parks for years and is commonly thought of as an old familiar friend among changing rides and amusements at parks.

It inspires as well, as noted in the famous E.B. White quote, “I see nothing in space as promising as the view from a Ferris wheel.”

In recent years, your support has brought back Midway’s iconic miniature train, its carousel, and the miniature golf course. Now you have the chance to do it again. Each individual gift up to a total of $10,000 will be matched by the pooled contributions of several generous donors, effectively doubling your contribution.

Thank you for your support today. We can’t wait for you to enjoy these classic rides next year. To donate, simply complete click the button below.

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